Salt Spring Island: The entrance of the Salt Spring Compassion cannabis dispensary in Salt Spring Island.
Marijuana is famously known to have psychoactive effects on the user. It has been used for medicinal and recreational purposes for more than 3000 years, although the laws for marijuana use have been strict for a long time. Today, some states in the USA have now legalized the plant for recreational and medicinal purposes. For example, the psychoactive plant can be bought and consumed at special dispensaries in California where recreational and medicinal use of the plant is now legal.

However, how do you access these dispensaries and how do they get the plant? This blog will walk you through what these dispensaries are, how they operate, and how marijuana can be bought from these dispensaries, either for recreational or medicinal use.

What are Dispensaries?

Dispensaries are places where substances are produced, distributed, and consumed in a safe and controlled environment. Some dispensaries have the facility to both grow and distribute, depending on the size of the facility and permission they have from the government.

How do Dispensaries have Access to Marijuana?  

In some states, including California, the US government allowed the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana in 2016 when citizens voted and approved Proposition 64, the adult use of marijuana. Since then, some people grow their own marijuana in limited quantities and sell it to dispensaries or keep it for personal use.

The cultivation of marijuana is not an easy process, no matter where in the world the plant is grown, due to the legal and geographical limitation issues related to it. The process of cultivation requires permission from the government, social acceptance, cultivation-favorable geographical limitations, and a big land where the plant can be grown and taken care of.

Dispensaries get their marijuana from farmers who grow the plant, local dealers, and some even take it from illegal sources.  In countries and states where marijuana is legal, the process of cultivation starts with getting a permit from the government. These certificates are provided to the dispensaries for specific purposes only. A valid reason has to be given to prove that the marijuana, which has been cultivated for recreational and medicinal purposes, will not be misused.

Who can get Marijuana from these Dispensaries?

Patients who require the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes are given a recommendation letter from their doctor, which has to be shown at the dispensary. In California, special dispensaries are located in various places that have permission to provide marijuana to patients for medicinal purposes and also the public for recreational purposes.

Dispensaries have bookkeeping records of all of the cannabis stored, sold, and kept for further use. A doctor’s recommendation will be valid until they feel that their patient requires treatment for their condition. Some dispensaries maintain a list of doctors that provide and allow the use of medical marijuana. This can create controversy, as some doctors agree to this by receiving cash payments to offer a recommendation for the use of cannabis for any condition.

Things to Consider when Visiting a Marijuana Dispensary in California

  • Always carry your ID. When you visit a dispensary, your ID will always be checked whether it is a passport, national ID card, or a valid military card.
  • Gain knowledge of the strains.

There are three different types of strains

  1. Indicas: Providing aid in sleep, indicas offers a body high and is suitable for people looking to relax. It helps with appetite, curing nausea, and anxiety.
  2. Sativa: This strain offers a head high. It is ideal for people looking for an energy stimulant. It will allow consumers to fight depression and increase focus.
  3. Hybrids: A combination of different strains that make it more potent providing a better flavor and a balanced strain.

Decide whether you need recreational or medicinal marijuana

Recreational and medicinal uses have different conditions. If you are opting for medicinal marijuana, look for a strain with a high CBD content. For recreational marijuana, there are a wide range of strains that you can choose from. Your budtender will be able to help you choose the best strain depending on what type of sensation you are looking for.

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