If you live in a highly populated city where cannabis is legal for recreational and medical use, going to a dispensary for the first time can be a daunting experience. It’s best to know exactly what you need before you get there.
To buy cannabis for medical purposes, almost all states require registering and obtaining a medical cannabis card or getting a doctor’s recommendation. There are many clinics in Lancaster, CA where marijuana is legalized.
One benefit of a medical card or doctor’s recommendation for cannabis products in a recreational-legal state is lower cost. That's because states and dispensaries either don’t tax cannabis for medical use or charge a lower tax than for recreational use.
There also are safety and legal reasons for having a medical card or a doctor’s recommendation. For instance, adults might need to prove they have the legal right to purchase cannabis for medical reasons — think employer drug-testing rules or a previous drug addiction problem. You can also call your state department of health or health services to learn more about the laws in your state.
For safety purposes, you can ask a dispensary to show you a product’s certificate of analysis from a laboratory to ensure that it has been tested for pesticides, fungus, heavy metals, and other toxins.