Updated on June 24th, 2019
If you’re going to a cannabis dispensary for the first time, you might be having questions in your mind regarding your personal info, cannabis cultivation and dispensary licensing, to name some. So in the following, find common questions people like you ask at the marijuana dispensary.
1. Do I Have To Share My Personal Information In Order To Buy Medical Marijuana?
First of all, remember that the things you say in the medical marijuana doctor’s office will be private and confidential. The practitioner should not share that info to anyone even to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the authorities or any company that might conduct a background check.
Now, you might be asking, “How about at a medical marijuana dispensary? Do I have to share my personal information to buy MMJ?”
Yes, as you will be presenting your driver’s license and medical marijuana card when you buy medical marijuana. You might also have to provide a valid medical marijuana recommendation and state identification and fill up forms.
But you don’t have to worry. Data they obtained is protected under state laws applying to businesses taking information, like in California. The laws require businesses to protect your details and comply with disclosure guidelines if the information is released.
2. How Much Are Marijuana Taxes?
State laws vary on how much marijuana products, services or sales are taxed. You can find a detailed overview from this source.
But to give you a little idea, California cultivators pay for every ounce of cannabis product, which is taxed at $9.25/oz for marijuana flowers. On the other hand, retailers collect 15% excise tax on the product’s average market price.
In Colorado, the state imposes 15% excise tax on cannabis sales from a cultivator to a retailer. But on retail sales to customers, the state collects 15% sales tax.
But again, states laws vary on how much marijuana products are taxed.
3. Is The Dispensary Licensed?
Before they could sell medical marijuana, dispensaries should secure a dispensary license. However, being approved for one is not as easy as completing and submitting the application requirements, regardless businesses are applying for a dispensary license, grower’s license or grower’s permit.
There are requirements before applying for a license. For one, the dispensary location should be at least 500 ft away from churches and schools, and other restricted locations set by the state. In addition, the investors, owners and license holders should not have felony convictions.
[National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has a detailed page about marijuana penalties and laws for each state. It also outlines the different licensing requirements per state.]
However, certain towns and states have limitations on the number of dispensary licenses available. Nevertheless, each state has its process on the manner they handle the availability of dispensary licenses.
4. How Is Cannabis Cultivated?
In many cases, it is best cultivated indoors, but it also means turning a room in the house into a grow room.
However, cultivation shouldn’t be taken lightly and not be rushed into. For example, the pros recommend growing only several plants to get started without spending much on equipment like hydroponic, environmental control and lighting. Beginners should also prepare for setbacks, such as plant diseases and pests.
Nevertheless, beginner growers looking to get started in cannabis cultivation should learn many things including setting up an indoor grow room, picking the right strain and choosing the right to grow equipment, to name some.
5. Do Recreational Products Differ From Medical Products?
Yes, they do, at least in terms of the purpose for which they’re used. For example, recreational products are consumed or taken for the euphoric effects or the “high.”
On the other hand, medical marijuana products, such as CBD oil or hemp oil, are used for medical purposes, as the name suggests.
Medical marijuana products also have higher CBD content and little to no THC, making it more preferred by patients looking to treat pain or alleviate the symptoms of insomnia, PTSD or anxiety, for instance.
In addition, patients need a recommendation before they could buy MMJ while anyone of legal age set by the state could buy recreational pot at a dispensary. Patients can buy medical cannabis from a licensed and regulated dispensary.
There you have the commonly asked questions at a cannabis dispensary that you might want to get answers for as well. So the next time you go to the dispensary in your community, you know what to expect.