Even if you’re immersed in the cannabis culture, there are some things to know before you start buying legally. Think of this as a to-do list to ensure you’re getting exactly what you want.


You’re going to want to find dispensaries close to home. Convenience helps you avoid stress or a long drive to an unfamiliar neighborhood. The good news? There’s plenty of help online. We recommend checking out Weedmaps or Leafly. Make sure you read the reviews for each location you’re considering. Product reviews not only give you insight into what’s offered, but you’ll also learn more about each facility’s patient consultant or budtender. This is a good time for you to write down any questions you may want to ask.

Mobile dispensaries are becoming very popular, especially for patients who have difficultly leaving home or simply prefer to be a bit more discreet. If you decide to go with a mobile option, make sure the dispensary can verify your patient information over the phone, and be ready to show your ID and card (or recommendation letter) to the delivery person.


If you’re making a purchase at a dispensary, the first thing you’ll want to do is show your ID and card to the person at the entrance, typically a security guard. If you are new to the collective, they will verify that you indeed have received a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis, which may take a few minutes.

Once inside, please keep these things in mind:

1. Be respectful
Be considerate of other patients’ privacy, as well as the privacy of the people that work there.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Patient consultants are there to help you. Different strains produce different effects to ease your symptoms. Work with a patient consultant to find the strain or delivery method that is right for you.

3. Be open to trying new things
Edibles, dabs, flowers, oil and tinctures; there are many different ways to ingest cannabis. Each method provides its own benefits.