Is Dispensary Etiquette A Real Thing?

Dispensary Etiquette: What You Need To Know?

For the ones going to the cannabis dispensary for the first time, the experience can turn out to be unsettling. Even though cannabis has umpteen number of benefits for both recreational and medical users, the knowledge regarding what exactly to buy shall elude you.

Besides, cannabis has always had a stigma around its use for either purpose for a long time, across generations. Hence, even though many US states have legalized its use, there is bound to arise that sense of intimidation when you first step into a cannabis dispensary store. For the managers and owners of the dispensaries, the essential idea is to assist the customers well and good.

This article shall take you through some dispensary etiquette that shall come in handy as a dispensary audience. It will also serve a purpose to gain insights into how the dispensary can help the regular dispensary for their better knowledge going further.

Awareness About The Local Laws

The laws concerning cannabis and its products are always changing from time to time. The amount one can sell or possess differ from one State to another. Thus, this makes it imperative for the dispensary to be aware of the current scenario of law and legalities concerning cannabis. Growing cannabis has also become possible due to the recent amendments in the law in a few States.

It is always better to stay on the safer side of the law. Remaining up to date with ever-changing rules and regulations about cannabis dispensation shall help the dispensary managers immensely. To attain this, a few investigative readings into the recreational and medical use aspects can be highly useful.

Security Guards

The presence of security guards at the entrance of the dispensary can be intimidating for novice visitors. They can mistake these guards as police officers patrolling the area. Due to the looming fear, these visitors might eventually leave and avoid coming to the store altogether. Hence, it is imperative to make sure the guards are welcoming while handling their jobs.

Their demeanor should be able to convince the customers of safety and comfortability. To avoid any mishap, the security guards also ought to make sure no one is carrying weapons in the store. Besides the security checkpoint at the store, the guards also need to remain vigilant to ensure the orderly handling of business.

Check-In Area

The dispensary maintains a check-in area outside the shopping space for the customers. It ensures that the visitors of the dispensary are carrying the necessary paperwork and documents for a smooth transaction. In the case of States legalizing medical cannabis, the presence of at least a State ID to validate identification and a doctor’s recommendation for the prescription is deemed necessary.

To properly facilitate the process, it is significant to focus that this area is sufficiently operated. The low workforce at this point can lead to excessive delays, which the customers would not appreciate. Hence, the motive should be to cater to the requirements set for the purchase of cannabis and ensure the best possible experience for the visitors.

Knowledgeable Staff

The novice visitors to the dispensary lookout for the staff that might help them in choosing the right product. Even the ones with the experience of buying cannabis come up with questions that need informative answering. Thus it is cardinal to employ such staff who can address the queries of the customers well.

Not only shall they help select the right product but will also enable the visitors to know about the specific effects of different strains. The staff should also make sure that they recommend the customers based on their tolerance levels and needs. This kind of attention and care is especially important in the case of concentrates and edibles.

study suggests that cannabis has a wide range of therapeutic benefits to the body. Being able to convey these to the customers on inquiry shall enable them to make informed decisions. Hence, even though it is the customer that takes the final call, the guidance of the staff turns out to be of high significance.

Parking Space

Proper parking space comes as a point of necessary consideration for the dispensary. Most of the people visiting the dispensary arrive in cars/vehicles. The entire process of showcasing relevant documents at the check-ins by the customers, enquiring about the products, and finally buying the appropriate one can take some time. Hence, it becomes imperative to arrange for the parking of vehicles.

Not only will this ensure the avoidance of traffic jams but will also help prevent the blocking of roads and nuisance for the public. However, there have been cases where the parking lots at dispensaries tend to become places for cannabis consumption. If this happens, the dispensary can even lose its license, if found out by the patrolling officers.

Moreover, it is not safe for drivers to consume cannabis before driving. In some states, it is illegal to distribute cannabis. Sharing it with friends or family members in the parking space can also turn out to be illegal in this respect. This shall further increase the amount of fine and penalties that arise. Thus, the proper guarding of the parking space carries a lot of significance.

Avoid Allowing Customers To Take Photographs

Generally, there is not much harm in clicking pictures of cannabis products. Most people might do it for their social media handles. However, due to the security concerns, there is a prohibition on clicking photographs inside the dispensary. As per an article, some of the managers running the dispensaries contend that there have been cases where the visitors click pictures to check where the camera locations are.

In these cases, the instances of attempts at theft and shoplifting might arise. However, it is highly crucial to make sure that the behavior of the staff at the dispensary is polite to the customers. You do not want them to never come back to your store after the ongoing visit. Thus, make sure you bring the rules of the dispensary to notice of the consumers coherently.

The presence of a notice board laying down the rules and procedure of buying the products can be of enormous help. This shall also bring down the instances of improper administration of the dispensary. All these points show that the management of cannabis dispensary requires due care and planning for it to function well.

Therefore, make sure you follow these etiquettes thoroughly and strengthen your dispensary’s image in the market.

Let us know what you think.

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Sexuality in Color: Euphoria

If anyone had told me when I was younger that thirty-something Chanté would be binge-watching teenage television dramas in 2019, I sure would have been surprised. But I also wouldn’t have predicted there’d be something to watch like Euphoria, HBO’s new teen drama released just in time for summer.

The first thing that hit me was the main character, Rue, played by the one and only Zendaya: she reminded me of myself and some of my friends I grew up with back in Iowa. The list of our similarities is longer than our differences. Like me, Rue is a cisgender, biracial girl being raised in a single-parent household in the middle of white suburbia. She’s also the eldest daughter and a protective big sister with a small chip on her shoulder. Rue’s independent mind and her strongwilled nature remind me most of myself. I relate to her slight defiance, especially as someone who also was very much an independent thinker who often resisted the popular opinions of my high school peers.

Our subtle differences (like the fact that her father is absent due to him dying, while mine was incapable of taking care of us due to his own substance abuse) didn’t really get in the way of me relating to Rue’s narrative and those of the rest of the cast. In fact, there were many subnarratives that felt super familiar to me and compelled me to continue watching.

I was excited to see what would unfold as Rue shared more of her mixed girl narrative.

I know how important it is for brown and Black young people to see characters who look like them, and I know how much I longed for someone who looked like me and had a not-so-perfect home life to tell the rest of the world what it can actually like to be a biracial teenage girl. When I was seventeen, I craved raw honesty about what it meant to grow up in a place where kids were isolated but also privileged. I also secretly hoped someone would be brave enough to share what it meant to be a little unruly, and how easy it was to be enticed by drugs, alcohol, house parties and sex.

At the end of the day, I just remember wanting an alternative to the whitewashed narratives that were constantly being rerun on TV. I grew up during an era when shows like “My So-Called Life”, “Saved By The Bell”, “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Real World” were constantly playing in the background. None of those shows were a true depiction of what was really happening in my life. I brushed them off and didn’t really take any of them seriously.

I recently came across this article — Euphoria And The Black Girl’s Coming Of Age — by Zeba Blay: she shared feelings about Euphoria that really resonated with me:

The dearth of coming-of-age stories about black girls is heavily predicated on the fact that, so often, black girls aren’t given the space to even be girls. They’re often hyper-sexualized from an early age, and if they take the initiative to be intentional about exploring their sexuality, they’re deemed as “fast.” Unlike white teens, black girls are rarely given room to mess up, to make mistakes, to grow. Rue is a game-changing character in this sense because she is, by her own admission, the ultimate fuck-up. Since the story is told from her point of view, we’re put in a position where we can empathize with her.

Rue runs the narrative, indeed. But it’s also powerful that Rue’s story isn’t simply the main story ― the lives of the other characters are also under her control. This storytelling approach further cements her importance, her necessity, her voice.

That sums up a lot of why I’m so excited about the potential of this series. We finally have access to a more honest first-person narrative led by someone who doesn’t have blue eyes and blonde hair and who isn’t growing up in a picture-perfect home tucked away in a gated community. While some viewers may not relate to Rue ethnically or racially, there’s a big chance many viewers will relate to the realities of growing up in a single-parent household or being a teenager (or having a friend) who’s struggling to overcome addiction.

Every single episode is packed with typical coming-of-age themes: sex, gender, high school drama and gossip, relationships, experimentation with drugs, beauty standards, conflicts with parents and so on. But even these familiar themes don’t feel so predictable in this context. The rawness and the intersectionality of Euphoria seem to have the potential for relating to a wider range of teenagers and young adult viewers. Paired with the rich backstories we were introduced to in this first season, there are plenty of opportunities for this series to exhibit the true diversity of the characters and to explore even very traditional themes in very non-traditional ways.

I believe that honest narratives beget honest conversations among young people, which is what we need whenever we’re talking about core parts of our identity. I think they also allow us to feel more empathy and compassion with our own intersectionalities and more importantly, with those of others, which are usually more difficult to relate to.

Hats off to the writers, producers, directors and the cast who’ve done an excellent job so far of showing us it is possible to capture the tenderness of adolescence while still being honest and making space for its characters to explore, experiment and evolve. I didn’t think it was possible to lure me back to teenage drama, but Euphoria has proven otherwise. I’m totally a fangirl and am very impatiently waiting for season two!

Author: 
Chanté Thurmond

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