The Role of State Licensed Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana dispensaries are local government controlled physical locations, normally inside an office building or retail storefront, where a person can find cannabis and cannabis associated products for medical use. It was first exhibited in Amsterdam in late 1970s with innocent names of coffee shops.

Since 2016, there have been state-regulated marijuana dispensaries in California, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. These state-licensed marijuana stores like Arizona Dispensary are authorized to sell the marijuana products under medical prescriptions to its customers and they differ from retail stores that are known as head shops.


In 1992, the first public marijuana dispensary, named San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club, was founded by co-authors of Proposition 215, Dale Gieringer and “Brownie Mary” Rathburn, and Dennis Peron. The second dispensary of the country was opened in the state of Washington DC. It was opened to develop a regulatory framework for operators of marijuana dispensaries.  It was developed to look up the access of cannabis to the patients.

These dispensaries are often called with more politically correct name as Cannabis dispensary, particularly in the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and California. People started to prefer the name cannabis instead of using the Spanish slang word “Marijuana”.

Types of Dispensaries

  1. Medical Dispensaries: Seventeen of the states in the country have at least one medical dispensary with varying product laws. These states are New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, Washington, Washington DC, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Michigan, Nevada, California, Arizona, Colorado, and Montana.
  2. These medical dispensaries buy childproof safety bags, in-store storage products, and other such products from different manufacturing companies based in China.
  3. The growing need for such dispensaries in the country has lead to the invention of various products like vials, child locks, pop top bottles with child locks, and childproof joint tubes. All these products and stores need to comply with various legislative laws as per the state.
  4. Recreational Dispensaries

Five states, in the United States of America, namely Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada regulate recreational dispensaries. In these stores, any adult over 21 years of age can buy cannabis, cannabis products, and smoking accessories. The state of California passed Proposition 64 that legalized the cannabis sale to any adult over 21 years of age. It also allowed the cannabis retailers to get licensed for medical sales, recreational sales or both.

These state-licensed stores have grown in popularity around the country and there developed a number of marijuana dispensaries locating services such as Weedmaps, Leafbuyer, Leafy and merry Jane. Marijuana dispensaries location services and maps are a common thing in independent regional newspapers. You can find safe, clean, and completely organic marijuana products in stores like Arizona Dispensary with a clean environment in store and have knowledgeable and experienced staff. They offer products that match every need of their customers providing them with a positive experience.

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