As the legalization “adult use” or recreational marijuana consumption spreads across the nation, the cannabis retail landscape is changing. Once a novelty, “pot shops” are now a widespread phenomenon, with two basic types: recreational and medical. In the most basic terms, recreational cannabis is available to all adults over a certain age (usually 21) and medical is limited to certain individuals who meet medical criteria (that varies radically from state to state) and have a card or document confirming their patient status.
In some states like Colorado, medical and recreational cannabis are sold side by side in the same shops, with different tax structures governing their sale. Other states, like California, still only have medical dispensaries, even though adult use (over 21 years of age) is now legal statewide. So you can legally smoke in California, but you won’t be able to visit a dispensary without a “medical recommendation.” In other states, including Nevada, medical dispensaries practice “reciprocity” (meaning they honor out of state medical recs) and the state also has adult use retail options.
Wherever you go, check the local laws and don’t hesitate to call ahead before attempting a visit at any of these excellent dispensaries.