5 Things to Know Before Going to a Cannabis Provisioning Center
Legal cannabis in North America is expected to reach $22.6 billion in revenue in 2021. Marijuana for certain medical conditions has been legal in Michigan since 2008. Patients with certain medical conditions need only register and pay a fee to the state for an ID card.
Legal dispensaries, called “marihuana provisioning centers” due to a quirk in Michigan law, operate under a limited number of licenses. But due to new, expensive, and strictly enforced rules covering a wide range of topics, 210 dispensaries were ordered closed in early 2018, due to missing paperwork, lack of proper permits or rule violations.
With the focus on the ticking clock for Provisioning Center licensing, there are several things to keep in mind before making your first cannabis purchase. Read on for our top five list.
1. You Need to Have a Card to Enter a Cannabis Provisioning Center
Michigan does not have a “prescription” for marijuana. Michigan requires that a doctor “certify” that you have one of the conditions for which marijuana may be used as treatment.
Take your state issued ID and medical records with you to a certifying doctor.
Michigan’s three categories of approved conditions are:
Category A- specific diagnoses
- HIV or AIDS
- Crohn’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Nail patella
Category B- severe symptoms
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic pain
Category C- mental conditions
- Chronic pain;
- Inflammatory bowel Disease;
- Obsessive compulsive disorder;
- Rheumatoid arthritis’
- Spinal cord injury;
- Tourette’s syndrome;
- Ulcerative colitis.
These are the only approvable conditions to stay within the law. You have to see the certifying doctor face to face and the doctor must have evidence of a bona fides relationship with you.
Once the certifying doctor fills out your form, you will need to send it with your completed application and $60 to the state. Add another $25 if you will have a caretaker.
The state will issue you a card if approved. There is no such thing as a “temporary card”.
2. Know What You Need Before You Go
Since your doctor isn’t writing a “prescription”, you may be at a loss as the best way to treat what ails you. This is where the internet is your best friend. Cannabis dispensaries in Michigan may sell a wide variety of products.
Michigan dispensaries offer an array of cannabis products and accessories. Of course, buds are common, but edibles, vape pens, and vape juice, or dabbing rigs are widespread. Thanks to a decade of legal use in Michigan, there are hundreds of strain varieties to try.
Strains like “Charlottes Web” are specifically created and grown for their lack of THC. The idea is to get the medicinal value of all the cannabinoids without getting high. In the case of Charlotte Tige, her namesake strain helps children fight seizures.
You can choose edibles like hard candies, cookies, brownies, gummies, chocolate bars or THC-infused drinks. Most dispensaries carry a wide selection. For those who prefer to take their cannabis in through the lungs, most dispensaries sell every accessory you need: rolling papers, lighters, pipes, vape pens, dabbing rigs (rechargeable smoking devices for resins), and vaporizers.
In addition to how to consume your cannabis, you need to know which strain is best to treat your symptoms. There are three types of marijuana strains:
Indicas are known to be relaxers. They tend to promote calm in the mind and body. Sativas tend to invigorate creativity and increase focus. Hybrids blend Indica and Sativa parents through a few generations to get the exact effect wanted.
If you are suffering from cancer, you probably want a strain to calm nausea, relieve pain and support appetite. People who use marijuana for epilepsy have different needs.
3. It’s a Cash Business
Due to federal banking laws, most dispensaries have to deal in cash. One visit can add up quickly, so be prepared with cash. Some places may have credit card and Apple Pay options to allow you to pre-order.
4. The Provisioning Center Agent Knows the Product
A well-trained Provisioning Center agent is the concierge of your treatment. He or she can help you figure out the right strains for your desired effect. They can walk you through the best delivery system, whether you prefer smoking, vaping or edibles.
Good etiquette includes:
- Waiting patiently for your consultation
- Respecting the privacy of other patrons
- Not touching the product until you purchase
- Keeping your conversation focused
Trust your Provisioning Center agent to ask questions and make recommendations. He or she is very familiar with the various strains.
5. Your Safety and Security are Important
Thanks to the application procedure for provisioning centers, you will find your cannabis Provisioning Center well-protected. Expect cameras, security doors, and staff dedicated to security. You will need to show ID and your registry card at entry.
It’s not only poor etiquette, but it is against the law to consume your purchase in the parking lot. Any place visible or accessible to the public is prohibited. So wait until you get home and close the curtains!
Become a Regular Visitor
Once you find a great cannabis Provisioning Center, get to know your agent and refine your preferences. With guidance and experimentation, you can explore several strains or try out different delivery methods. As your agent gets to know how you react, they can make better recommendations.
Provisioning Center licensing in Michigan is slowly progressing. Strict enforcement of the current law in regards to growing, processing, and selling cannabis will continue as authorities grant or deny applications for provisioning centers. There is a ballot initiative for full recreational legalization.
Established, licensed provisioning centers with experienced Provisioning Center agents will have a great advantage when full legalization happens.
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