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4 Things To Do Before Visiting Your Local Cannabis Dispensary

The climate surrounding marijuana has changed so much in the United States over the past decade. Now, in most states, you can visit dispensaries and purchase marijuana for medical use. Some states have even legalized marijuana as a recreational drug. Visiting a dispensary can be a really rewarding experience, but it is also an experience you will need to prepare for, especially if this will be your first time. Here are the four main things you should do to prepare.

1. Make sure you have your medical marijuana card.

You will need your medical marijuana card to purchase legal cannabis products at a dispensary. Make sure you have the original, physical copy of this card ready to go in your wallet. If you do not yet have your medical marijuana card, you will first need to look for a cannabis-friendly doctor in your locale and make an appointment. They'll assess your medical troubles and overall health before determining whether to issue you a card. You'll also need to bring your photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license, to the dispensary — so make sure you have that handy!

2. Verify the forms of payment accepted.

Many dispensaries accept credit and debit cards, but you will want to check their website (or give them a call) to be sure since there are some who still only accept cash. A few dispensaries do accept more modern forms of payment, such as Venmo or even Bitcoin, so if you use these payment methods, it's worth looking into.

3. Look over the menu.

When you arrive at the dispensary, you can take some time to look around and explore your options. However, it is best to have a general idea of what you're interested in so that the budtender can point you in the right direction. Most dispensaries offer a menu, or a list of their offerings, on their website. Look down this list and note a few products you'd like to learn more about.

4. Put your phone away.

Since most dispensaries do not allow photography inside, the owners and employees often request that people keep their phones away for the duration of their visit. If you think you might be tempted to reach for your phone, turn it off and stash it in a back pocket before you step inside.

Preparing for your first dispensary visit is not too difficult. Make the tips above your priority.

To learn more, reach out to a local cannabis dispensary.