On a visit to a Medford dispensary to buy legal marijuana, one of my friends, pretty much a died in the wool pothead asked the question, “What’s the point.”
I pointed out that while marijuana is legal to own in Oregon as long as you have up to 8 ounces of marijuana or less, you are A-OK with the law, but buying on the street you don’t know jack about the quality you are getting from a street dealer.
When you go into one of the Medford pot dispensaries, on the other hand, the shop people can tell you all about the various effects you can expect when you get home and imbibe.
What is your goal with cannabis?
The first thing one of the staff at one of the Medford dispensaries is going to ask is what is your purpose for wanting to smoke marijuana?
It may seem obvious to most people, but “getting high” is hardly the correct answer.
Marijuana breeding has become closer to wine connoisseur buying wine. Some people take marijuana to mellow out and relieve stress. Others take marijuana because it enhances their concentration, particularly when they wish to do creative pursuits. Meanwhile, a substantial percentage of people don’t really smoke marijuana to get high, but rather to cope with medical conditions.
So unless you are a beginner into the world of marijuana, be prepared to answer a few questions about your purposes to be led to the best choices to buy, and which ones to stay away from.
Dispensaries Medford Oregon expect a lot of questions.
Unlike a street deal, dispensaries are prepared for a lot of questions. And don’t worry, no question is too dumb.
How do I smoke it? How big a joint should I roll? How long does it take to feel the effects? Is marijuana addictive? How should I store it? What is the average price per ounce of marijuana?
Don’t worry. The people at dispensaries have seen a lot of newbies come and go and they worry more if you don’t as questions than if you do not.
Call and find out what kind of payment you make before you go.
Believe it or not, in many legal marijuana dispensaries in Medford, you can’t go in and b uyan ounce of dry marijuana (the legal limit to purchase) by slapping down your Visa or American Express Card.
Even though dispensaries are able to legally operate in Oregon, most credit card companies won’t work with dispensaries. You can sometimes pay a direct deposit from your bank account, or by bitcoin, but the realm of the kingdom is cash.
Call before you visit to avoid disappointment.
Take note of any health problems and talk to your doctor
Marijuana is generally smoked, and there are a lot of people out there with problems with asthma. Others have substantial health problems such as they are on chemotherapy or have glaucoma, pain, or eating disorders.
By all means, talk to your doctor before you indulge in marijuana use. Fully one out of every 5 adults in the U.S. smoke marijuana regularly, so it’s not as if you are likely to shock your doctor. Chances are, he or she may use it themselves.
If your doctor seems adamant that nobody should ever smoke marijuana don’t bother trying to convince them otherwise. Simply find a new, and possible younger doctor.
Over 76 percent of all doctors in the U.S support the use of Medical Marijuana, and 57 percent of all doctors and 57 percent of all nurses support the legalization of marijuana throughout the U.S.
It should be noted that while as few as 5 percent of doctors publicly admit to smoking marijuana themselves, they are exceedingly quiet about it for risk of losing their medical license in their state.
Know what kind of ID or paperwork you need to buy at a legal dispensary.
In Oregon, the ID quantity is easy. If you have a photo ID that proves you are 21 and older, you are good to go, even if you are from another state.
However, in other states, you may need a medical prescription from a doctor in order to make your purchase. Know the rules before you go.
There are no returns
While it’s difficult, with the 1 ounce limit in Oregon to imagine that you will over purchase, just realize that once you walk out of the dispensary, the marijuana is yours. Only purchase what you plan to consume.