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
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:
- The District of Columbia
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
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:
- 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.