Dispensary Etiquette: How to Make Your First Dispensary Trip a Success

, 29/03/2021

By the end of 2019, there were over 7,000 operating marijuana dispensaries across the United States. This is notable not only because it’s an indicator that an increasing number of people are in favor of the legalization of marijuana, but medical card holders now have more dispensary options to choose from than ever. In other words, they’re spoiled for choice. And what’s better than that?

Even we have five different Tweedleaf dispensaries located in Colorado. We recently acquired our Boulder location at the end of last year, and have plans to continue expanding our brand throughout Colorado and the West Coast. While an ever-growing list of dispensaries is exciting, we also understand how intimidating this can be for first-time cannabis visitors.

So, whether you’re located in Colorado Springs, Denver, Trinidad, or Boulder, or are planning to visit a marijuana dispensary in your area, there are some things you can do to make your first experience as successful as possible.

Bring your medical card and some cash with you
Your drive to the dispensary will be pointless if you don’t have your medical card with you. If you can’t provide this ID to the budtenders working the store, you’re going to be asked to leave as soon as you step foot inside the place. Treat every trip to the dispensary — especially your first one — like you’re going to the bar; this will help you make sure you have all the items you’ll need to get in and make a purchase.

Additionally, make sure you bring cash. Some dispensaries allow credit card payments, but many credit card companies have distanced themselves from the industry, making these payments either extremely complicated or invalid. It’s better to be prepared than underprepared.

Check out the dispensary’s menu beforehand
If you’ve never been to a dispensary before, you might not realize how many cannabis products you’ll have to choose from. It can be overwhelming, especially because each product is so distinct from the next. Of course, you’ll be able to ask a budtender to assist you with what you’re looking for, but it’s still a good idea to have some products in mind.

Think about what you want to get out of your cannabis experience. Do you need it to ease chronic pain? Do you need it to help you sleep better? Or would you like something that will give you more creative energy? Comb through the online store and just see what may be available for your unique needs. Some dispensaries, like Tweedleaf, also let you order online as well.

Keep your phone away while you’re in the store
Most dispensaries have a strict ‘no photo’ policy so that people don’t take pictures of their products. Keep your phone in your coat, your bag, or even your car so you aren’t tempted to bring it out, even if you have no intentions of snapping any photos. It’s not only distracting if a budtender is trying to assist you, but it can also hold up the line if you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. Consider it good dispensary etiquette.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the dispensary you’re planning to visit ahead of time. Our employees are always happy to address any questions or concerns to make your first trip special.

By the end of 2019, there were over 7,000 operating marijuana dispensaries across the United States. This is notable not only because it’s an indicator that an increasing number of people are in favor of the legalization of marijuana, but medical card holders now have more dispensary options to choose from than ever. In other words, they’re spoiled for choice. And what’s better than that?

Even we have five different Tweedleaf dispensaries located in Colorado. We recently acquired our Boulder location at the end of last year, and have plans to continue expanding our brand throughout Colorado and the West Coast. While an ever-growing list of dispensaries is exciting, we also understand how intimidating this can be for first-time cannabis visitors.

So, whether you’re located in Colorado Springs, Denver, Trinidad, or Boulder, or are planning to visit a marijuana dispensary in your area, there are some things you can do to make your first experience as successful as possible.

Bring your medical card and some cash with you
Your drive to the dispensary will be pointless if you don’t have your medical card with you. If you can’t provide this ID to the budtenders working the store, you’re going to be asked to leave as soon as you step foot inside the place. Treat every trip to the dispensary — especially your first one — like you’re going to the bar; this will help you make sure you have all the items you’ll need to get in and make a purchase.

Additionally, make sure you bring cash. Some dispensaries allow credit card payments, but many credit card companies have distanced themselves from the industry, making these payments either extremely complicated or invalid. It’s better to be prepared than underprepared.

Check out the dispensary’s menu beforehand
If you’ve never been to a dispensary before, you might not realize how many cannabis products you’ll have to choose from. It can be overwhelming, especially because each product is so distinct from the next. Of course, you’ll be able to ask a budtender to assist you with what you’re looking for, but it’s still a good idea to have some products in mind.

Think about what you want to get out of your cannabis experience. Do you need it to ease chronic pain? Do you need it to help you sleep better? Or would you like something that will give you more creative energy? Comb through the online store and just see what may be available for your unique needs. Some dispensaries, like Tweedleaf, also let you order online as well.

Keep your phone away while you’re in the store
Most dispensaries have a strict ‘no photo’ policy so that people don’t take pictures of their products. Keep your phone in your coat, your bag, or even your car so you aren’t tempted to bring it out, even if you have no intentions of snapping any photos. It’s not only distracting if a budtender is trying to assist you, but it can also hold up the line if you’re not paying attention to what you’re doing. Consider it good dispensary etiquette.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to the dispensary you’re planning to visit ahead of time. Our employees are always happy to address any questions or concerns to make your first trip special.

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