First Time Visit to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Going for your first time to a medical marijuana dispensary can be a bit overwhelming.  Dispensaries will have a large variety of different types and strains of marijuana, as well as different kinds of medical marijuana products, such as edibles, tinctures, tonics, creams, etc.  Dispensaries will also be able to show you all the different ways of using medical marijuana, i.e. smoking, vaporizing, edible & liquid consumption, etc.

Once you have your medical marijuana recommendation from a state certified health care provider, you can visit a marijuana dispensary.  Dispensaries are safe and secure places to learn about and obtain high quality.  When you arrive, security personnel at the door will ask that you show the original letter of recommendation from your doctor as well as some form of identification to establish identity and state residency, such as identification card, driver’s license, or passport.   If you have a medical marijuana card, you can show that in lieu of the doctor’s recommendation, but you still need to bring a form of valid ID.  Bringing cash as payment is preferred, although some dispensaries will take other forms of payment or have an ATM machine available.

The staff at marijuana dispensaries (often referred to as cannabaristas) are very knowledgeable and friendly.  For first timers, you will be asked to fill out a membership registration form and be given an overview of the dispensary policies, hours, and guidelines. At this point, you will most likely be offered a menu that lists dispensary offerings and pricing.   A staff member will help you get acquainted with the dispensary and answer any questions you may have about what is offered on the menu.  Sharing your particular needs for medical marijuana will help them to make recommendations regarding strains, dosages, and products best suited to deliver the desired effect and relief you are seeking.

Some dispensaries allow on-site consumption, providing supplies such as marijuana vaporizers.  If you should choose this option, be respectful of dispensary rules and others who might be waiting.

Currently, there are 16 states that have approved medical use of marijuana, allowing dispensaries to sell to patients:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington DC

Purchasing from a medical marijuana dispensary is the easiest and safest supply of marijuana medicine. To find a dispensary near you, use the search tool on Doobons’ website or the new iTunes compatible Doobons App.

Feel free to contact us directly at Doobons with any further questions or to locate a dispensary near you.



11 thoughts on “First Time Visit to a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

  1. I must say, the first time walking into a dispensary was a scary experience for me. I didn’t know what to expect and I assumed that everybody would know that I was a beginner. It was quite the opposite experience. I walk into complete hand holding and felt completely at ease. They walked me through what a dispensary is all about and what medicine would benefit my ailments.
    Before entering, I automatically had an image what a dispensary was like and the people who worked there. Boy, was I surprised. I’m certain everybody has their own experience, but mine couldn’t have been more positive. I had never used marijuana before, but it has been my saving grace. I’m happy to live in a state that allows me access…safely.

  2. I was very encouraged to find this site. Thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it. Thanks

  3. They forgot to write “Begin your life of relying on a drug that make you think it is treating pain when in fact you’re simply using it to get high like a recreational user.” In other words you medical patients are nothing but recreational users who get fancy little cards so you can feel special about being drug addicts. Oh and your little aches and pains that you think cannabis treats? After you’ve used it for awhile they’ll get worse so you’ll need more and more. For example I get migraines that have stroke like symptoms, if I started smoking pot to treat them, then before long my brain would learn I only smoke when I have a migraine so I would get them more frequently. Go ahead and tell me I don’t know what I’m talking about since I’ve never used cannabis. Funny how people addicted to pot who have never tried other drugs think they can comment on them bunch of fucking hypocrites.

    • Sarah,
      Unfortunately there are people that will use the system. We at United Patients Group do not represent or help anyone other than the gravely ill and homebound. Our company began due to my father’s journey through stage 4 lung cancer and a brain tumor. He is 80 years old and is definitely NOT looking to get high, he mearly would like to live a little bit longer and not in pain. We are here for people looking for one last chance. I have added the link to my father’s journey below. I understand your frustration but this site is not about the recreation of cannabis nor the abuse of it. I hope this helps you to understand what we do and why we do it.

    • Sarah, obviously you have been duped into believing much of the same old worn out arguments against using marijuana for beneficial purposes that the old generation used and is using. How sad for you that you cannot do some reading and research on your own. I have worked with both physical and mental health patients and have seen the awesome effects of this plant on a wide variety of ailments.

  4. @Sarah – Uneducated people lacking compassion are the reason that marijuana was criminalized in the first place.

    Medical marijuana is a Godsend, not a “recreation.” Consistently sleeping through the night for the first time in more than a decade, being able to hold a granddaughter for the first time, being able to wipe your own ass – you may take these things for granted, but I don’t, and I owe it to medical marijuana.

    Why are you on a site like this, anyway? Just to harass those of us who have chronic, otherwise un-treatable, often fatal ailments? Don’t you think we’re dealing with enough without being harangued by a society that has already dismissed us?

  5. Hello,
    I am asking this question for my Dad. He has cancer and has already received a paper from his doctor. He is saying that he needs a different form to take with him when he goes to the dispensary. I have no idea what form to print out for him. Can someone please help me?

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