Dispensary Etiquette – What You Need to Know

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Many states are viewing weed in a more positive light and choosing to legalize it.

We are seeing more dispensaries popping up to cater to the needs of those who are looking for a legal recreational high as well as existing users who want access to high-quality medical marijuana.

Going to a dispensary for the first time is a novel experience and is certainly different from getting your weed through a friend or through other connections. Because it is a more formal environment, however, many who are just first visiting a dispensary may not be sure how to act or how to go about the process properly.

If you intend on visiting a dispensary soon, here are some of the rules of etiquette that you should know.

What is a Marijuana Dispensary?

A marijuana dispensary is a store where either recreational or medical marijuana or CBD oil can be purchased in a safe and legal manner.

Typically, these locations will have a wide variety of cannabis strains and products to choose from. Individuals known as budtenders will be able to help you find the right strain for your needs.

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It’s basically a store where you are able to shop for marijuana and receive extra help during the process.

What to Do

Visiting a marijuana dispensary is a much different experience than other ways of purchasing marijuana. There are certain expectations that you must meet in order to ensure that you and the people running the dispensary are both happy with your transactions.

Here are a few things that you need to do when you visit a marijuana dispensary.

Ask Questions

Budtenders are there to assist you in your purchase and this will be made clear when they give you one-on-one attention as soon as you enter the building.

Make sure to take advantage of this, ask plenty of questions, and give your budtender as much information as you can about what you are looking for. This way they can help you make an educated choice that will provide you with the experience you need.

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If you are new to marijuana, you might want to find out the different ways you can use it. Some people love to use a weed vape pen while others only like water pipes.

Bring Cash

No dispensary that you go to is going to give you the option to pay with card or with other means as there are laws and regulations in place against that. This makes it so that dispensaries are only able to accept payments in cash.

It’s best to have enough cash in your wallet when you enter the dispensary so that you can purchase whichever product it is that you’re looking for.

Although most dispensaries will have ATMs in the vicinity that you can pull cash out of, you should always be prepared in the event that they don’t.

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Bring ID

Whether you are a medical marijuana user or a recreational user, every dispensary will need to verify your age and your identity before they allow you to enter the physical room where they sell their marijuana.

Make sure to bring your ID and any necessary paperwork as this will have to be processed before you can have access to the dispensary itself. (Also, make certain that your dispensary is recreational and medicinal as some dispensaries are only medical in nature.)

Tip the Budtender

Budtenders put a lot of care and attention into their work in order to provide you with the best service they possibly can.

It is important that you acknowledge this hard work with a great tip after they have helped you find your desired product and to make sure that you let you know how helpful they’ve been.

What Not to Do

Just as there are things expected of you when you are at a dispensary. There are also things that you should never do when you are there purchasing marijuana.

Here are a few of the main ones.

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Smoke Outside the Property

Although it may seem like common sense to most, some people will start smoking right when they leave.

Once you make your purchase, wait until you get home to start smoking as a place of business cannot have a ton of people smoking outside of it without attracting negative attention.

Make sure to be respectful and wait until you are in an acceptable place to begin using your purchase. Don’t treat this like your dorm room in college.

Haggle and Negotiation

A dispensary is not a market where you are able to discuss the price of items there. A dispensary is a store where marijuana sold and you are expected to pay for what you are asking for.

If you cannot pay for a certain product, do not try to haggle and negotiate with your budtender. Doing so will only result in the budtenders becoming annoyed with your behavior.

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Talk on the Phone

While this may or may not be advertised at your local dispensary, phones are not allowed due to the fact that many could use their phones as a way to contact people who are not there that they may be purchasing marijuana for or for other non-legal activities.

Whether you are talking, texting, or taking pictures, phones are not allowed and you will most likely be asked to put it away or removed if necessary.


Like any type of business, dispensaries have rules of etiquette that you must abide by if you plan to go into a dispensary.

Before you make your first trip, make sure to read this guide so that you are properly prepared when you enter your local dispensary!

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