If you’re getting ready for your first visit to a marijuana dispensary, it helps to be prepared for what you’ll experience during your time there. That’s why we’ve compiled this short list of things you can expect during your first visit to any one of the many marijuana dispensaries currently in operation. Let’s get started.

You’ll Be Asked for ID

Whether you’re a recreational user or a medical marijuana patient, you can expect to be asked for your ID when you arrive at the dispensary. It’s possible you won’t need to show your ID until you’re prepared to make a purchase, but make sure you have it on you when you arrive. ID checks are required to make sure you are over the age of 21 before you make a purchase inside a cannabis dispensary. Considering the market size of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals has surpassed $2 billion, it’s safe to assume that cannabis dispensaries will be doing their due-dilligence.

You Might Be Asked to Wait

Waiting is standard for medical marijuana patients and in dispensaries that distribute medical marijuana. In many states, laws and regulations require that dispensaries serve only one patient at a time. So if you’re asked to wait before entering the dispensary proper, it’s likely because they’re currently serving a medical marijuana patient. Fortunately, this will buy you some time to check out your dispensary’s menu. You can browse their product offerings and even check out reviews if you’re curious. Using your waiting time wisely can help you make a more informed purchase when you step into the dispensary.

You Won’t Be Able to Handle the Products

At a marijuana dispensary, you won’t be able to handle any of the products before your purchase. So if you have a question or you want to examine a product, the associate working at that time will retrieve and handle the product for you. Some dispensaries do allow you to examine products close up, while others only allow looking without touching. If you’re unsure about the rules at your local dispensary, don’t hesitate to ask questions. It’s also a good idea to look at their website and see what they allow or prefer within their establishment.

Visiting a dispensary for the first time can be overwhelming if you don’t take the time to prepare beforehand. Make sure you’re doing your research!