With cannabis finding increasing acceptance across the United States and consumption at an all-time high in 2021, you might be wondering: can I go to a dispensary without a card?
The answer here is going to vary from state to state depending on the legal status of cannabis in each state. Keep in mind that the treatment of cannabis by the legal system is constantly evolving, and in recent months has even expanded beyond traditional Delta-9 THC to regulate alternative or novel cannabinoids like Delta-8 THC or THC-O.
To review the laws for your state regarding Delta-9 THC, check out this handy guide from cannabis advocacy group NORML.
Regardless of your location, you will need to bring some form of government-issued ID with you to prove your age at both recreational and medicinal dispensaries.
Generally speaking, you’ll need to prove that you’re at least 21-years-old to shop at a dispensary, though some states will make an exception for certified medical patients who don’t meet that minimum age. For example, California places no restrictions on medical patients under 21, and Colorado only stipulates some restrictions regarding consumption near or on school grounds.
If you think a medical cannabis card might be right for you, there are lots of resources available to you that can provide more specific information about medical cannabis in your state, as well as where you might find a physician who has the right knowledge to help you track and meet your goals for medical consumption.
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