About Cannabis Dispensaries in The United States 

Many people are not familiar with marijuana and the business associated with this industry and may wonder what a Cannabis Dispensary is. In order to understand dispensaries in the United States, however, we must first know what a dispensary is. Based on Wikipedia, the meaning of dispensary is:

“A dispensary is an office in a school, hospital, industrial plant, or other organization that dispenses medications, medical supplies, and even medical and dental treatment. A pharmacist dispenses medication per the prescription or order form in a traditional dispensary setup.”

About Cannabis Dispensaries in The United States 

Cannabis in the United States Things to Know About Cannabis Legality - The Stone
Cannabis in the United States Things to Know About Cannabis Legality – The Stone

For a Cannabis Dispensary, the principles are similar. The United States marijuana dispensaries are patterned from the CoffeeShops in Amsterdam, established; in the 1970s. 

These American dispensaries are government regulated and are licensed to operate from buildings. No one can open a cannabis dispensary from their home or be near any school or school district.

By 2021, there were state-regulated marijuana dispensaries in:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • The District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Mexico
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington. 

They are approved to dispense Medical Cannabis prescribed by the patient’s doctor. It is legal to have no more than two ounces of weed. Licensed dispensaries are for people 21 and over to buy the following items:

  • Flowers
  • Joints
  • Shakes
  • Vape pens
  • Associated paraphernalia. 

The United States for decades has had advocates lobbying for decriminalization. Some states have legalized Medical Cannabis and have granted licenses for dispensaries. Some have even legalized recreational cannabis use; with restrictions. 

In March 2021, eleven states regulated Recreational Dispensaries, which is a big undertaking for the country moving forward.

Congress decriminalized Medical Cannabis statewide. However, they still need the Senate to vote on its full approval. Many believe this may never happen at this time. Without the Senate vote some states have decided to leverage their powers to enable their citizens to have the help they need.

Cannabis Dispensaries making waves across the country have been created in some unique ways. Harborside Health Centre, Oakland, and San Jose, California, describes itself as the “largest pot shop” in California and was featured in a four-part reality show. 

An economic impact study conducted by the University of Denver examined the Colorado Harvest Company dispensary chain’s contribution to tax revenue, jobs, and income to Denver and the state of Colorado Kind of Cures was the first shop to make national press by taking over a defunct KFC Coachella Valley Church in San Jose, California made national headlines by offering sacramental marijuana to their members. 

Another notable benefit for cannabis dispensaries is the monetary contribution to the country’.

They have opened the job market in many ways, from cultivation to products sold in these shops. Regulation is needed for marijuana to have its rightful place in the market of health and recreation. If tobacco and alcohol are legal; yet, however, they cause so many health issues. You never hear a research report of them contributing to alleviating health issues. Cannabis for centuries is known and reported to be an herb to help. 

We are afraid of the effects when used recreationally, so help people choose wisely should they decide to use it. Fear should not be the factor for labeling marijuana evil, yet it is shown to be of more good. 


1. Cannabis Dispensaries in the United States

Marijuana, Hashish, Hemp, Ganja, and Sinsemilla, are common names of the following definition of these tall majestic shrubs, meaning:tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is a drug. And like a drug, the dried preparation of the flowers and, or other parts of the Cannabis plant, the resinous extract, resin, is smoked or vaped. The resin contains a high percentage of THC, which produces psychoactive, mind-altering effects in the brain.

About Cannabis the Drug 

The plant, its original name Cannabaceae, originated in Asia. Cannabaceae is pungent when dried and smoked. Most people that use the herb do so for recreational reasons. Because marijuana is becoming legal in many countries, it is primarily for medicinal uses. Recreationally the laws are careful in passing legislation to make it so.

Hemp fiber originates from the canelike variety and contains the psychoactive element known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the potent compound in marijuana.

While not solid in its natural fibrous state, hemp, a member of the Cannabis plant family, is widely used for flooring. Centuries ago, the hemp plant fibers were used to make fabric for sails, clothes, and bags.

Cannabis; is categorized by these strains; Sativa, cannabis Indica, and cannabis ruderalis. The seeds from the hemp plant are for its oils, the leaves as vegetables, and another amazing fact is that it is beautiful for making green juices. The healing and remedial capabilities of Cannabis also include recreational purposes, which could be the more common use of the plant. Its medicinal uses are widespread, with chronic pain being lessened by the hundreds of compounds, chemically, that is, known as cannabinoids that the plant contains.

The therapeutic benefits of medical marijuana products transmit healing right away, and the user may retain comfort for three to four hours. A commentary on the medicinal use of Cannabis found on www.drugs.com stated; that the drug could be taken orally as a capsule, oil, pill, or mouth spray. There are numerous conditions successfully treated by Cannabis. Products. Mood swings, sleep disorders, seizures, fluid stress on the eye caused by glaucoma, weight loss, pain or inflammation, and nerve injury- telltale signs being tingling or numbness. But while these are the positives, the downside of consuming the drug is alarming.

Users of Cannabis; may experience a dizzy high, tiredness, or a feeling of being drunk. There can be a loss of appetite and problems with sleeping. You may undergo panic

attacks, reduction in memory retention, and illusions. Should one discontinue using Cannabis, the withdrawal symptoms comprise restlessness, feelings of anger, and a nervous mental state. These medical issues occur should you develop a dependency to use. Combining the drug with other prescriptions amplifies the risk of a stroke or heart attack and the chances for infections in the lungs, prolonged bronchitis, asthma, and the inability to absorb nutrients if you have difficulties with your liver.

Some say this is the ‘miracle plant,’ the remedy for the incurable issues which provoke pain and dis-ease. Despite this, be advised to seek professional advice from a licensed physician because “all that’s green” may not be the cure.

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