Are you considering visiting a local marijuana dispensary for the first time? You may think that they don’t differ much from liquor stores, they are both retail establishments that sell a drug after all. Heck, cannabis advocates looking to legalize recreational marijuana said that once legalized, it would be taxed and regulated “in a manner similar to alcohol.” Adults 21 and over would ideally be able to stroll into a cannabis dispensary, grab whatever they need, and leave shortly, as they would in a liquor store. However, cannabis is a unique industry that’s unlike any other, and it differs from alcohol in several ways.
For starters, marijuana dispensaries are a lot more serious about the age limit. While you have to be 21 years old to buy alcohol from a retail establishment, liquor stores can be a little lax with their security. It’s not uncommon to see a young fella rifling through their pockets at the liquor store counter for a moment before sheepishly declaring that they left their ID at home but that they are definitely old enough. Dispensaries, on the other hand, require IDs even before you can walk in and many establishments have security personnel posted at the entrance to make sure customers are old enough.
Additionally, liquor stores are known for their fairly quick service. You can walk in, grab whatever you need, pay, and leave in a couple of minutes. You know what you want, you probably know exactly where in the store it is and you don’t need anyone’s help or guidance on how to use your beverage of choice. In a marijuana dispensary, on the other hand, you will most likely have to talk to a ‘budtender’ before you can make a purchase. A budtender is an in-store expert on everything cannabis, and a cannabis dispensary will probably have a few of them on the floor answering customer questions and offering product recommendations.
A trip to a cannabis dispensary will without a doubt take longer. Liquor stores usually have high customer turnovers, with customers completing their transactions within a matter of minutes. At a marijuana dispensary, there’ll probably be a long line of customers, high demand, and all. After showing your ID, you will have to wait for a budtender to guide you accordingly, especially if it is your first visit. Many budtenders are known to spend as much as 10-20 minutes with new customers just to make sure everything is going alright.
While the dispensary experience may be different, most of the measures are there to protect both the dispensary and the customers. They ensure the dispensaries follow state regulations and that customers have access to all the information they need to make informed decisions when they buy and consume cannabis. This could explain why cannabis companies like Cannabis Global Inc. (OTC: CBGL) go to great lengths to give clients lots of information about what is available.
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