Cannabis Today: An Introduction to Weed in Florida
How People Feel About Marijuana, Where and How to Buy Weed, and the Age of Cannabis
Welcome to cannabis in today’s world.
There is a good chance that you’ve heard about cannabis, marijuana, weed. Whatever the term, cannabis has been a topic of conversation, debate, and controversy for decades.
But why are you interested now? It could be because of something you saw, heard, or read in the media. Perhaps a MMTC might have opened up close by. Maybe a friend or family member has told you they’ve begun using it medically. Or maybe it’s just time for you to learn more.
While cannabis has been around for more than 12,000 years, there is a decent chance that it’s new to you — it’s natural to have questions.
As legalization spreads and normalization gradually sets in, new questions arise. In this short introduction, we will cover the basics of public perception, where and how to buy, and brands and products in order to give you a good starting point in the world of medical marijuana.
Public Perception of Pot
Cannabis remains both one of the safest intoxicants and one of the most versatile medicines in the world. It’s capable of offering a vast amount of nuanced delight and inspiration in some, while providing therapeutic liberation from ailments small and large in others. Despite the perception as an “illicit” drug, cannabis is widely used all over the globe by people looking to improve their quality of life.
Across the world, the regulatory changes in many nations are making it possible for more people to safely purchase, possess, and consume cannabis. This has led the global public to increasingly support the legalization of cannabis. The majority of Americans (64%) and Canadians (68%) are in favor of countrywide legalization.
Citizens across the map have incorporated cannabis-use into their everyday lives. One in eight U.S. citizens say they currently smoke marijuana, while one in eight Brazilians (14.3%) who regularly use cannabis claim to smoke a joint within an hour of waking up.
As laws expand and new technologies develop, the world of weed continues to open up, dissolving old stigmas and defying expectations as the most widely used substance on the planet.
Where and How to Buy
If you’re a part-time or full-time Florida resident looking to purchase cannabis for medical use, cannabis products must be purchased either through a dispensary (retail storefront also called a MMTC) or delivery service.
Dispensaries are retail storefronts that are licensed to legally sell cannabis products. These storefronts will verify your age and eligibility by checking your physician’s recommendation and/or medical ID, or state-issued identification card or driver’s license. It’s good practice to always be prepared when it comes to identification — don’t get stuck outside.
After your ID has been checked and validated, you may wait before you enter the display room. This is standard and the wait shouldn’t be long. Many waiting areas have educational materials and info cards to read until it’s time to browse for products.
Tip: If you didn’t bring cash, get it now. While some dispensaries accept debit or credit cards, many don’t. You’d be hard-pressed to find a dispensary that doesn’t have an ATM on-site, however. On-site ATMs are usually located in the waiting room, which you can conveniently use while you wait.
Once you enter the display room, you’ll be greeted by an employee who will guide you through the buying process. In the marijuana industry, this person is called a budtender. Budtenders are there to answer your questions – What is that product? How do I use it? What are the effects? How much does it cost? Although these MMTC employees or budtenders should have all the answers you are looking for, it is a good idea to also do your research and get some recommendations from your Medical Marijuana Doctor as the huge MMJ growth in Florida has resulted in an employee boom sometimes with very rudimentary training.
Delivery services allow you to skip the retail experience and have your order of cannabis products delivered directly to your home. These services (offered by MMTC’s) allow you to place an order by looking at a menu online, calling, emailing or texting your ID (and recommendation) and a list of the products you wish to purchase. After that, simply wait for a delivery driver to arrive with your order. This is especially convenient for people in Naples where MMTC’s are not currently located and for those who may be ill and do not desire to make the trip to MMTC’s in Bonita Springs. Read more on MMJ in Naples.
It’s that easy and convenient.
ONCE I HAVE MY CARD WHERE CAN I BUY MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NAPLES?
Although using medical marijuana is allowed in Naples, currently Collier County and Naples have not been as open in allowing medical marijuana treatment centers. This has not presented a large inconvenience luckily as nearby Bonita Springs has numerous options for patients and offers online orders and home delivery as well.