Recreational cannabis has been legal in my state for five years.
- Although there are limits for the number of permits granted, there seems to be new dispensaries opening up every month.
I’ve visited every weed shop within an hour’s drive of my home. They are all unique and wonderful. The boutique shops offer a more intimate experience. The budtenders love to chat and spend time with customers. While the selection of products might not be huge, the quality is always outstanding. Several of these smaller shops either grow their own cannabis plants or only source from local farmers. They are particular about the integrity of the cannabis. They also have tons of knowledge about the grow and cultivation processes behind each product. The prices are often higher, but I’m willing to pay more for better products. Some of the dispensaries are giant, modern facilities. The attention is usually less personalized, but they carry a really exciting diversity of options. It’s fun to shop for popular brands and to discover new innovations. The one dispensary includes an on-site bakery where they create cannabis-infused brownies, cookies and cupcakes that are delicious. They even make their own ice cream, chocolates and gummies. I enjoy sitting at their little cafe and having a snack. A few of the larger dispensaries feature amenities such as vape lounges and dab bars. They are a great way to try out new things and take advantage of the assistance and knowledge of the budtenders. I have signed up for the loyalty program with several dispensaries. I earn points for purchases that add up to discounts.