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Welcome Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota & Mississippi

States with Legal Weed

States with Legal Weed

We are thrilled to welcome you to the recreational cannabis club.  It’s not easy getting into this club, but you guys did it. A special welcome to Mississippi as well for getting medical cannabis legislation passed in your state.  You can all now proudly say your are now one of the growing number of states with legal weed. Depending on your state’s certification process and the timeline for passing cannabis decriminalization legislation, the road to the day when dispensaries open in each state differs considerable from the first of 2021 all the way until January of 2022.  It seems like a long time for some states, especially Montana but it will pass quicker than you think and before you know it dispensaries will be popping up in your city or town.  No doubt cultivation licenses as well dispensary licenses and permits have been applied for or soon will be in all four recreational states.  Once dispensaries start to open there will be a period of time when the industry in your area experiences some growing pains.  It’s normal and will settle down usually within six months but there are certain things you can expect to encounter.

Limitation on Cannabis

Each state has their own laws regarding how much cannabis an individual can purchase within a 24 hour period.  Your state’s laws may be slightly different but generally speaking you can purchase up to one ounce of flower, 7 grams of concentrates, 18 ounces of edibles or 72 ounces of liquids.  As many people purchase multiple types of cannabis in one dispensary trip, it is up to the dispensary to make sure you don’t exceed the legal limits.  So expect a little confusion about how this all works but remember you can’t go from one dispensary to another and buy up to the limit in one or more types of cannabis because when you show your ID to get in the door, your purchase will be tracked and most dispensaries require you to show your ID a second time as you are making your purchase.  So no gaming the system please.  Also prepare for there to be cannabis shortages and additional limits placed on the amount of cannabis you can buy in the first few weeks or months of dispensaries opening their doors.  This seems to happen in all states with legal weed so you would think the industry would be prepared for the demand, they never seem to be but fear not as this problem is always short-lived.

Give Your Budtenders a Break

The requirements for budtenders are different depending on the state but all budtenders are required to know or learn about not just the different strains of cannabis and various cannabis delivery methods but the entire cannabis industry as well as have good sales and people skills.  For cannabis consumers, a job as a budtender may seem like a dream come true but it’s not as easy as you might imagine to be a great budtender.  When dispensaries begin to open in the newly legal states, don’t expect your budtenders to know everything on day one.  It takes time, and even additional training for budtenders to grow into their roles and shine.  If you have specific knowledge about a product and feel like sharing it with your budtender, they usually appreciate this, especially when things are still so new.  Anecdotal information is normally welcome by most budtenders.  Above all, be nice and patient, they are new at their jobs and the learning curve can be steep.

Prepare to Wait

Once the dispensaries open, unless there has been some citywide coordination there will be one dispensary that opens first, and then week by week others will open.  Imagine being the only dispensary open in a city that has been waiting years, well decades really, for cannabis to become legally available.  To say it will be crowded is a vast understatement.  Expect long lines at those first few recreational marijuana dispensaries for a few weeks. Be super chill and patient because if the security personnel sense any trouble you will likely be asked to leave.  No weed for you which would be tragic after such a long wait. The other issue that will increase wait times is that dispensaries will be practicing social distancing so that will drastically limit the number of people allowed into a dispensary at a time.  Dispensaries don’t like to rush their customers so they allow plenty of time for questions and menu browsing, which adds additional wait time for others.  Of course it’s all worth it when it’s your turn and hopefully you made good use of the wait time by checking out the dispensary’s online menu so you have a general idea of what you want to buy or at least what questions to ask.  It’s all part of the dispensary experience in states with legal weed, coming to your state soon!

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Welcome Back: Getting Back into Cannabis after a Break

Getting Back Into Cannabis

For some folks who have taken a tolerance break of a month or two, not much has changed.  For the former cannabis connoisseurs who are living in a state or country where cannabis has recently or soon will be legal, it may have been awhile and things have definitely changed in the world of weed.  Before you visit your local dispensary to stock up there are a few things to think about so you can make the transition back into the cannabis lifestyle smoothly, whether you plan to be an everyday user or an occasional one or even a “keeping all options open” type of cannabis user. Here are some useful tips for getting back into cannabis.

Check out your local laws

Take the time to review the cannabis limit laws in your state.  Each state has slightly different laws regarding how much and the type of cannabis products you can purchase each day or sometimes with a two week time period.  While it’s unlikely you are going to exceed those limits on your first trip out to a dispensary as the budtenders will make sure you don’t, if you are like so many people and want to check out a few dispensaries, each time you show your ID, your purchases will be tracked by the state agency responsible for cannabis legalization and regulation.  Sounds creepy but unless you are planning on really buying in bulk, it should not be an issue.  Also keep in mind that the cannabis limits will be different depending on if you are a medical marijuana patient or a recreational user, with medical patients having higher limits. This will be helpful either way for getting back into cannabis.

Choosing the Right Cannabis for Your Triumphant Return

Naturally a good budtender can make recommendations but having some idea of what you are looking for before you head to a marijuana dispensary can really help.  Think about how you plan to consume your cannabis.  Certainly don’t feel limited to one way, maybe edibles and flower to start or a few joints and a cart to try vaping.  Nothing is more frustrating for a budtender than a customer who says they want to get some “good weed”.  That used to be the only goal back in the day but a lot more options exist and they are all pretty good!  If you are a medical marijuana patient, make sure to let the budtender know right away and talk about which symptoms you want to treat with cannabis and if you have any prior cannabis experiences, good or bad, let them know that as well so they can point you towards the right strains.  For recreational users, tell the budtender you have not used cannabis in a while and also let them know about any negatives you are looking to avoid.  The more information you can give to the budtender, the better able they are to make sure your first, in a while, cannabis experience is a great one.  Picking up more than one strain is usually a good way to get back into cannabis these days.

Jumping Back In

The first thing to remember when getting back into cannabis is your tolerance level will likely be quite low, unless you are some type of cannabis superhero.  Keep that in mind as you smoke your first joint or eat those first gummies.  The key is to really pay attention the first few days in terms of how you feel each time you consume cannabis.  Is being buzzed everything you remember and more?  Are there are side effects that you don’t like such as some Sativa strains can cause a bit of the jitters especially the first 15-20 minutes.  The goal with a recreational cannabis user is usually to get high with no unwanted side effects.  If that is not happening, lucky for you there are many other strains out there to try.  For the medical cannabis patient, how are your symptoms after consuming cannabis the first day?  What about the second and third?  If you are not getting the relief you want it might be the strain or it might be the CBD:THC ratio.  You should talk to your doctor as well as a budtender so that a better strain can be found to meet your needs.  For both medical and recreational marijuana users who have not tried cannabis in a long period of time, there is some trial and error necessary for most people in the beginning so it’s usually a good idea to not overbuy one strain right away.  There is plenty of time to find the perfect cannabis for you!

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The Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Boston & Massachusetts

Best Marijuana Dispensaries in Boston

Popular Marijuana dispensaries in Boston and Massachusetts

NETA Brookline

Brookline
Distance from Boston: Minutes by car
NETA Brookline is placed within a gorgeous, converted bank, all high ceilings and ornate dark wood. The menu resembles its Northampton counterpart, even though its enduring popularity occasionally means its product runs out more quickly — especially at the moment. Bonus points go to the team members for their friendly but no-nonsense attitude (not every dispensary visitor attempts a woo-woo experience).
Operations: People who have a valid medical card must book their purchases beforehand.

Cultivate

Leicester
Distance from Boston: One hour
With a title like Cultivate, you would expect a farm-like approach for their product, and the dispensary does not disappoint:”seed to table” is Cultivate’s governing philosophy. The lineup of blossom, pre-rolls, wax, and vape cartridges is remarkable, but how fascinating is that infused olive oil? And nobody ever went wrong making cannabis-chocolate chip biscuits their quarantine treat.
Operations: Patients must book ahead of time online; those looking for a full-scale consult can call 508.233.8000 to talk to a brand ambassador.

Northeast Alternatives

Fall River
Distance from Boston: One hour
At age 19, founder Chris Harkins witnessed the profound suffering his mother experienced from the cancer that would eventually take her life; when his father was diagnosed with cancer decades later, Harkins sought alternative treatments to alleviate pain and learned more about the effectiveness of cannabis. NEA now sells flower, pre-rolls, focus, edibles, and vape capsules; its own unique selling proposition must be its sativa energy drink with notes of pineapple and cherry.
Operations: The dispensary is open for regular business hours and is offering special deals for new patients.

Marijuana Dispensaries in Boston and Massachusetts

INSA

Easthampton and Springfield
Distance from Boston: Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes to
There is the normal lineup of blossom, pre-rolls, vape cartridges, and concentrates, but INSA also provides the Dart Pod, CCell’s vape system that’s lighter and boasts more vapor generation than standard cartridges. Most fascinating of all are the bath salts, certain to give you the most relaxing tubby time (that we sure as hell could use right about now).
Operations: The dispensaries are available for state pick-up orders only.

NETA Northampton

Northampton
Distance from Boston: About two hours
This was the nation’s first recreational dispensary, and when it started, the wait times were measured in hours and parking areas were miles away. Things have since calmed down, but we can not guarantee what things will look like now that it is medical-only. The menu within this spa-like area is impressive: a number of flower and pre-rolls; lots of edibles, such as gummies, lozenges, as well as chocolate chip brownies; and a fine-mist inhaler. Their cartridges start with the fundamental Rempen and the purer Apex, and their proprietary Rubi (everything else matches the 510 vape cartridge regular ).
Operations : All orders must be placed beforehand through Reserve Ahead.

Sanctuary

Danvers and Woburn
Distance from Boston: Twenty minutes to Woburn, 30 minutes to Danvers
Obviously you need your cannabis to be organic. At least, you do if you have made your way to Sanctuary, which prides itself on the high quality cultivation of its goods. It sells a number of flower and pre-rolls, also vape cartridges and a dash of concentrates. A great selection of edibles, including watermelon fruit chews and butterscotch lozenges.
Operations: Both medical dispensaries are offered for in-store shopping.

Theory Wellness

Distance from Boston: 2 hours and 15 minutes
“Seed to purchase” is the new”farm to table,” and Theory is a trailblazer. Its small-batch product is grown directly in Bridgewater: a fantastic assortment of flowers with two dimensions of pre-rolls, also capsules, Pax pods, and concentrates. The shops also have loads of edibles, tinctures, and an”extra strength” body oil that will not get you high, but will surely ease coronavirus tightness.
Operations : Preorder on the exact day you intend to pick up.

Patriot Care
Boston, Lowell, and Greenfield
Distance from Boston: Two hours, 30 minutes or less
Patriot runs one of the few medicinal dispensaries in Boston proper and has since added two spots to its repertoire. The blossom menu is impressive — more than two dozen varietals currently. Will the bud massage oil give your shoulders the munchies? Just 1 way to discover. Frankly, we are here for the hazelnut spread (available only in Lowell). If you are going to gorge during these stressful times, you may also get the most out of it.
Operations: at this time, all three medical dispensaries continue to be open during regular hours for in-store buys, but you are still best served by either emailing or calling to place your order beforehand.

Berkshire Roots
Pittsfield
Distance from Boston: Two hours, 30 minutes
Pittsfield is obviously the Highest Town in Massachusetts, given its two distinct recreational dispensaries when most Massachusetts cities do not have one (Temescal Wellness is another ). All that’s on pause, of course, but Berkshire Roots, which opened on April 6, boasts the biggest growing operation in Western Mass, and their strong flower selection backs it up. They’ve pre-rolls and a collection of concentrates in addition to gummies, chocolate, and four unique tinctures, all made in house. Never mind that you will feel as if you have walked into an REI, the area is so calm and contemporary.
Operations: Patients should pre-order before pickup; the dispensary will send you a text as soon as your order is ready.

If you have other marijuana dispensaries in Boston and Massachusetts that you think should make the list, let us know in the comments.

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Cannabis Legalization – 2020 Still a Big Year

cannabis legalization

2020 was likely to be a major season for cannabis legalization and then COVID-19 occurred.

Across the nation, ballot measure campaigns determined by collecting signatures were made to shut down operations because of health issues and social bookmarking procedures.

If not able to satisfy the approaching deadline, the effort will probably attempt to place legalization till a vote at a particular election in 2021, Continue reading Cannabis Legalization – 2020 Still a Big Year