A regulated cannabis industry is something that activists have fought hard for over the years, and to see it become a reality this decade is something that still blows most cannabis consumers’ minds. No longer do consumers in legal states have to make unregulated cannabis purchases in the shadows. Now they can make their cannabis purchases in a taxed and regulated environment.
Helping contribute to taxes and legal jobs
Medical cannabis however should not be taxed. One of the biggest selling points for cannabis legalization is that it would generate jobs and tax revenue for states that voted to end cannabis prohibition. Literally every legal purchase in a legal state helps support quality jobs, while at the same time generating tax revenues that go towards schools, mental health, addiction treatment, and/or police funding.
Anyone who has ever visited a quality dispensary knows that the variety of cannabis flower, concentrates, edibles, and other products is incredible. Some dispensaries can carry hundreds of different strains and products. Long gone are the days when you would make a purchase from an unregulated dealer that likely had only one or a few different types of flower to choose from.
You see what you are getting ahead of time
Seeing and smelling cannabis before purchase is important, right? If you have purchased cannabis from the unregulated market long enough, you likely have had to make several purchases without even seeing what you are buying ahead of time. You likely had to meet someone in a parking lot or poorly lit alley, and you didn’t get to see or smell what you purchased until the person you bought it from is long gone. That often leads to a less than satisfied experience. When you purchase cannabis from a dispensary, you can see exactly what you are buying, and smell it, before you hand over your hard-earned dollars.
Known cannabinoid levels
Black market cannabis often comes with either anecdotal stories about what to expect from consuming the particular strain, and really is just a roll of the dice. Some strains look great but aren’t that potent and other strains look undesirable but are actually quite satisfying. Black market consumers have no real idea what cannabinoid levels are in a particular cannabis flower. At a regulated dispensary you know ahead of time what those levels are.
Easier to determine where it came from
When you purchase cannabis from the unregulated market, chances are you have no idea who grew it or what cultivation practices went into cultivating the cannabis that you are about to consume. In a regulated market, everything is supposed to be clearly labeled and you can ask the dispensary budtender/owner for more information about the products they sell. A regulated market is much more transparent.
We have all been there before – you just purchased cannabis from a dealer, and the product is less than desirable. In an unregulated market, it’s often ‘take it or leave it.’ In a regulated market, reputable dispensaries have quality controls in place to ensure that only the best products make it to their shelves. Airy buds, shake filled bags, and other undesirable things do not exist in a regulated, quality dispensary.
No chance of being shorted
In theory, all cannabis that is purchased from a regulated dispensary weighs exactly what it says on the label. Of course, some purchases could weigh less than what is claimed, but that is due to human error, not nefarious motives, and any reputable dispensary will likely work with you if you are being honest. Back in the day anything above and beyond flower was rare, and seen as being more of a novelty versus being something that consumers could purchase reliably.
Anyone who has visited a quality dispensary knows that there are so many different types of products out there, from infused foods to trans-dermal patches, and more ideas make it to the marketplace every day.
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