Going for your first time to a medical marijuana dispensary can be a bit overwhelming. Dispensaries will have a large variety of different types and strains of marijuana, as well as different kinds of medical marijuana products, such as edibles, tinctures, tonics, creams, etc. Dispensaries will also be able to show you all the different ways of using medical marijuana, i.e. smoking, vaporizing, edible & liquid consumption, etc.
Once you have your medical marijuana recommendation from a state certified health care provider, you can visit a marijuana dispensary. Dispensaries are safe and secure places to learn about and obtain high quality. When you arrive, security personnel at the door will ask that you show the original letter of recommendation from your doctor as well as some form of identification to establish identity and state residency, such as identification card, driver’s license, or passport. If you have a medical marijuana card, you can show that in lieu of the doctor’s recommendation, but you still need to bring a form of valid ID. Bringing cash as payment is preferred, although some dispensaries will take other forms of payment or have an ATM machine available.
The staff at marijuana dispensaries (often referred to as canna-baristas) are very knowledgeable and friendly. For first timers, you will be asked to fill out a membership registration form and be given an overview of the dispensary policies, hours, and guidelines. At this point, you will most likely be offered a menu that lists dispensary offerings and pricing. A staff member will help you get acquainted with the dispensary and answer any questions you may have about what is offered on the menu. Sharing your particular needs for medical marijuana will help them to make recommendations regarding strains, dosages, and products best suited to deliver the desired effect and relief you are seeking.
Some dispensaries allow on-site consumption, providing supplies such as marijuana vaporizers. If you should choose this option, be respectful of dispensary rules and others who might be waiting.
Currently, there are 35 states that have approved medical use of marijuana. Learn more here: Medical Marijuana Laws By State