As of 2019, there are ten states in the United States that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. If you have never got the chance to go to a recreational marijuana dispensary, your first visit is bound to be an exciting one and one that you will enjoy. However, the first dispensary visit can also be a little unexpected if you do not know what to expect. Take a look at some of the things you should expect if you visit a recreational dispensary for the first time.
Expect to have to provide identification.
Even if you are in a legal state where recreational marijuana is allowed, you can expect that the dispensaries you visit will be pretty strict about the policies that are in place, including who can enter the dispensary. A lot of places have signs posted on the door, and many will ask for an ID before you can even enter. You will also likely have to have your ID if you make a purchase, and there will be strict rules in place about the types of identification that is acceptable.
Expect to learn a lot about marijuana.
If you have never experienced marijuana as a legal product, you will probably be a little surprised the first time you visit a recreational dispensary — maybe even a little overwhelmed. You won't just find the usual dried herb you may be used to seeing. You will see things like edibles, oils, and all kinds of derivatives of the plant that are actually pretty popular among consumers. You will find out that there are many different types of marijuana with different attributes to admire or experience as a recreational user.
Expect to work with an employee to find what you want.
Most legal dispensaries don't just leave their products out on the shelf for people to fondle or pick at on their own because they have to keep the product protected. These are valuable, highly protected products, so most places will have the products set up behind a counter or in glass cases. Therefore, you will have to work with an employee to find what you want while you shop. They will take out products that you would like to smell or look at closer upon request. The process of finding what you want to try can take a while. Therefore, don't be surprised if your visit to a popular dispensary takes some time.