For much of the marijuana revolution of the past twenty years or so, California has been a beacon of advancing progress. Weed culture has been accepted in California far longer than most of the rest of the country, and for years, it has been relatively easy to get a medical card. Doctor shops popped up all along the strip, featuring doctors who could write you prescriptions for medical marijuana. It was tacitly accepted by the authorities that these medical cards were roughly unregulated because there was no need to be, as it was obvious that California was on the path to full recreational legalization. That milestone was hit almost a year and a half ago, on November 8, 2016, when voters in California passed Proposition 64, fully legalizing recreational marijuana. A law doesn’t go into effect the moment it’s passed, though, and Californians have had to wait for the recreation laws to actually affect them. That finally happened at the beginning of this year, on January 8th.
Now, in California, prohibition is completely over. But with so long spent underneath pointless restrictions, many residents don’t actually know where to turn to sample this newly available supply, and stick to their older methods of acquiring cannabis. Buying through the newly available recreational shops, however, is extremely easy. Plus, in choosing a legally recognized recreational dispensary, you can have part of the proceeds of your cannabis sale actually go to helping the state.
How to Buy Cannabis
So, if you’re in San Francisco, how can you find the best available recreational marijuana? Buying cannabis from a recreational dispensary is actually far simpler than acquiring it from a medical dispensary. Because it’s a legally sanctioned business, listings are available online for dispensaries, along with user reviews, just like any other business. There are around twenty dispensaries total in the city, but as business grows and more permits are granted, that number is expected to grow. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that buying from a recreational dispensary does have an age limit.
Just like buying alcohol at a bar, if you are under 21, they won’t serve you. More importantly, if you’re over 21 but you don’t have an ID, they still won’t serve you. Especially with legalization being so fresh and with so many eyes on these dispensaries, no one is going to take the chance of selling cannabis to anyone who doesn’t have an ID, whether they’ve got a full head of grey hair or not. Make sure that you bring your ID to avoid any issues.
It can be overwhelming going into a dispensary for the first time. The variety of different strains–and the different types of conditions each strain can address–is simply astounding. From high CBD strains that may help you with depression to high THC strains that can help you relax and unwind after a stressful day.
Luckily, there’ll always be a friendly budtender behind the glass at a dispensary to help you choose. They will ask some gently probing questions to find out what kind of conditions you’re trying to treat, and will recommend strains that can best help address those.
Don’t be afraid of “looking dumb” or “asking dumb questions!” Everyone was a beginner once. And if you’re not involved in cannabis culture yet, you’ll find out that people (especially budtenders specifically there to help educate) are incredibly kind and welcoming.
Getting a Medical Card
While it may be less of a hassle to get recreational marijuana over medical, there is one big reason to put in the work to get qualified for medical cannabis: price.
Typically, getting qualified for medical marijuana not only gives you access to more (and often, higher quality) strains, but you’ll get those at a discount.
And while it can be a bit of a hassle to get your marijuana card, there is one super-easy solution to getting your medical card quickly and pain free:
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