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What Makes a Good Cannabis Dispensary?

What Makes a Good Cannabis Dispensary?

For marijuana enthusiasts, choosing the right cannabis dispensary is important. A dispensary is a place you'll spend a lot of time, learn about new products and strains, and find friendly advice from a knowledgeable source. Every smoker needs their go-to shop.

It's only three years since weed was first legalized for recreational use in Canada. Today, there are over 1000 pot shops dotted across the country. This is great news for those that toke, but it can also present a challenge as well.

How to choose the best weed dispensary near me? How to separate the good from the bad? How to identify a high-quality establishment from a dud?

There are several different ways to determine this. You just have to know what to look out for. Train yourself in the art of spotting a good dispensary and you'll be able to find one wherever you go.

There are several components that make a good dispensary. These can relate to the staff, the space itself, or the products sold there. Find a place that has all of them, and you're on to a winner. 

Find out how to spot them for yourself. Read on for six signs of a good dispensary.

1. Properly Licensed

Of course, the very first thing you want to make sure is that your dispensary is legally allowed to sell marijuana and marijuana products. This means different things in different provinces. In Ontario, the number of legal dispensaries remained low immediately after legalization.

This was due to the lottery system by which retail licenses were dispersed. At the end of 2019, the lottery system was abandoned.

Since then, the cannabis retail industry has gone from strength to strength. Last year Ontario's cannabis market reported sales of around $84 million. It's now the largest market in the country.

This is great news, as it means that finding fully licensed dispensaries should be a lot easier. In Ontario, to be allowed to sell, three separate licenses are required. These are:

  • Retail Operator License
  • Retail Store Authorization
  • Cannabis Retail Manager License

When a store is in possession of all three of these, you'll know they're legally entitled to sell cannabis. Then you too will have peace of mind that you're not breaking the law when you're buying your bud.

2. Good Ambiance

When you step into a dispensary, you want to feel comfortable there. In large part, whether you do or you don't will come down to the ambiance of the place. You may be thinking that interior design and feng shui choices will have little bearing on how much you like a store—but you'd be surprised.

Many things go into creating a pleasant atmosphere in a dispensary. How are all of the products displayed? They should be clearly labeled and well-lit, so you see them all.

How is the room laid out? Is there room to walk around and peruse products? Is it bright and inviting?

All of these factors will have an effect on how comfortable you feel there, how willing you will be to return, and whether—to you—it's a good dispensary or not.

3. Wide Variety

What is a good dispensary without good marijuana to dispense? One of the most important things to check when you're visiting a new dispensary is what types of weed it has on offer.

Ideally, it should stock a number of different types of strains. The marijuana should, of course, be of high quality. Any reputable dispensary will have a dedicated purchaser whose job it is to choose the types of marijuana it has on offer.

As well as this, it's always nice when a shop has a number of other items for sale. Specialized items such as topical oils, smoking accessories, edibles, CBD products, and pre-rolls can all be a major draw for many people. Only you know the type of products you're interested in, so make sure to ask the staff whether they stock it to get a gauge on whether this might be the store for you.

4. Knowledgeable Staff

Speaking of staff, the team members working at a dispensary will have a big part to play in whether it is good or bad. Like in any other type of store, the staff should be friendly, helpful, and above all knowledgeable about the products they're selling. Unhelpful staff can make for a negative dispensary experience even when the items on offer are on point.

A budtender that is well trained should be able to answer any questions you have about the strains on offer, as well as the other products in the store. They should make you feel completely at ease, and endeavor to make your browsing experience a pleasant one.

5. Positive Reputation

One simple way of finding good dispensaries in your area is to seek recommendations from those in the know. A truly good dispensary should have a positive presence in its community. Because of this, there should be lots of people singing its praises.

You can also check out reviews of a dispensary online before you go, so you have an idea of what to expect. Crowdsourcing cannabis recommendations is a good tactic, but you should also remember that some reviews and recommendations should be taken with a pinch of salt.

6. Competitive Pricing

This doesn't necessarily mean that the best dispensary is going to be the cheapest out there, but it shouldn't be trying to gouge customers either. With so many dispensaries in Hamilton—and Ontario—open today, competitive pricing is a necessity and should almost be a given.

With that said, you still want to support local business, and certain products are going to cost what they cost. But at the end of the day, you want to feel you are paying a fair price for what you're getting. It can be hard to strike a balance, but that's exactly what a good dispensary will do.

The Best Cannabis Dispensary Near Me

If you're in the Hamilton area and looking for a cannabis dispensary with expert staff, a welcoming atmosphere, and a wide array of marijuana and marijuana products, consider Cannabuzz for your next dispensary trip. Our team will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. Get in touch or come down and visit us today.

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