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Since the very first medical marijuana dispensary opened in San Francisco back in 1992, thousands have started operating all around California and nationwide. There are now medical dispensaries in more than half of the states in the country.

People wanting to try marijuana often ask what the main differences are between the original medical marijuana dispensary model and a recreational marijuana dispensary. For starters, before you can enter most medical marijuana dispensaries you’ll need proper documentation.

Unlike a trip to the doctor, you’ll likely be greeted by security when stepping into a medical dispensary. Upon entering, there is usually a receptionist that you’ll have to check-in with before being allowed into the dispensing area. The receptionist will ask for your ID and a medical marijuana recommendations or ID card from a doctor. If your ID is from another state you may be asked to provide proof of residency. Many dispensaries offer deals and discounted prices to medical marijuana patients. Anyone that smokes regularly may end up saving money in the long-run by purchasing a medical marijuana card.

A recreational marijuana dispensary, on the other hand, allows anyone from anywhere above the age of 21 to purchase cannabis products legally. Depending on the state, the supply of medical and recreational cannabis could be completely separate or nearly identical. The benefits to recreational dispensaries are that you won’t have to pay for a medical marijuana recommendation. Entering a recreational marijuana dispensary is also much easier. You will still have to show security your ID proving you’re of age. You can then proceed to the dispensing area to pick your products and pay. With the rise of Covid-19 cases in California and nationwide, many connoisseurs are now opting to order their marijuana online and have it delivered.


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