If you're fortunate enough to be in one of the states that allow cannabis shops to operate legally, prepare to visit a welcoming, knowledgeable environment made to serve your marijuana needs. However, the first time you step inside a dispensary it may be a bit intimidating as you might not know where to start or who to talk to, even if you've been using cannabis for a long time. 

Cannabis dispensaries range in size and style, so it's helpful if you can do a little research before your visit to find out about the what strains they currently have available and who some of the staff members are. Here we have a few tips to that will help make your first visit to a cannabis dispensary hassle-free and easy.

1. Bring Your Identification
It doesn't matter if your first visit to a cannabis dispensary is for medical or recreational purposes; you are definitely going to need to bring your government-issued photo identification (driver's license, passport, etc.). Just like at a bar, cannabis dispensaries have age restrictions they must follow and the workers may ask to see your ID as soon as you set foot inside. If it's your first time visiting a dispensary for medical purposes, make sure to bring your valid medical marijuana card and any special instructions from your doctor.


2. Prepare to Spend Time There
Your first visit to a cannabis dispensary is something you need to put some time aside for, as it's more than likely going to take a while unless you're just having a quick look around. There's a lot to take in: strains you've never heard of, helpful budtenders to talk to, and various marijuana-infused products to peruse. Also, several states require that medical marijuana dispensaries only serve one client at a time, so prepare to wait your turn.

3. Have Cash on Hand
Many cannabis dispensaries are cash-only establishments, so prepare for this as a probability and stop by an ATM before your first visit. However, more dispensaries are becoming equipped with cashless payment systems, on-site cash dispensers, and the ability the charge debit cards (but not credit cards). Call ahead to see if they accept money orders if you feel uncomfortable carrying cash.