First, assess which shops are near you. Use Leafly’s store locator tool for a bird’s eye view of stores nearby. Click to view their details at a glance, or dive into their full dispensary page to check out reviews, deals, and menus.
After you’ve selected a shop, you have one of two options as a first-time buyer:
Don’t be afraid to explore a few different dispensaries. Every shop has a unique staff, atmosphere, deals, and product selection. Consider scrolling through a few user-submitted reviews to get a feel for what customers liked (or didn’t like) about the shop.
Marijuana legalization map
While most states have limited legalization efforts to medical marijuana access only, adult use is steadily picking up steam and spreading across the country.
Making your first legal cannabis purchase may feel a bit awkward and intimidating, but it’s a simple and safe process. Follow the steps below and you’ll be ready to walk into a recreational cannabis shop with confidence and emerge with the right products for you.
Keep in mind, however, that your local dispensary may carry a lot of products, and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the options available. Furthermore, dispensaries are often busy, so you may have to wait in line while budtenders help other customers.
Reserve products you want to try or head into the dispensary and pick out and purchase them onsite, then take them home and try them out.
Cannabis is a cash-only business, due to federal banking laws. Your budtender may ask to check your ID one more time prior to your purchase. This is normal. Legal cannabis dispensaries take compliance with age limits very seriously. Your final bill may add up to more than you estimated due to state and local taxes, which tend to be extraordinarily high on cannabis products.
The bottom line? Feel confident knowing what you’re about to do is extremely legal, and you’ll also be supporting a small business in your community.
The most important thing to do before your visit is to get in the right mindset.
After the dispensary
While budtenders don’t solely work for tips, they are highly encouraged. When determining how much to tip your budtender, consider the level of customer service as well as the total amount you’re spending on cannabis. For instance, if you spent $25 on cannabis products and your budtender provided you with outstanding customer service, you might consider tipping $5.
People often feel like they need to rush when it’s their turn at the dispensary counter. Even if there is a line of people waiting behind you, don’t stress. Take your time. Chat with the budtender and ask questions about cannabis products. Your budtender will work with you to find the best products for you based on your budget, needs, and wants. Pro Tip: Many dispensaries provide discounts for first-time customers, so make sure to ask your budtender if that’s available.
Note that cannabis products have a vast range of pricing depending on what you buy. Be prepared to spend anywhere from $30 to $150 on your first purchase. If you forgot cash or come up short, many dispensaries have ATM’s located inside, although you will likely have to pay an additional ATM fee on top of your cash withdrawal.
In this post we’ll break down every nuance of the dispensary experience so you can feel informed, confident, and empowered about purchasing cannabis. A trip to the dispensary isn’t as complicated as a trip to Ikea, but there are a few key tips to know to make your first experience a positive one.
Pay the store like you normally would when you go in to pick up your items.
Add items to your bag from a participating store’s Leafly menu.
Enjoy the convenience of browsing menus online and reserving products for in-store pickup. Leafly Pickup is your new favorite takeout.
Does Leafly Pickup cost anything?
Right now, Leafly Pickup is available in select locations in the U.S. and Canada. To learn when it launches in new markets, sign up below.
Nope! Pickup is a free service that lets you order items online for in-store pickup.
Skip the line when you get to the store, then pay and enjoy your day!
Submit your reservation and follow along with real-time status updates.