Is Dispensary Etiquette A Real Thing?

Dispensary Etiquette: What You Need To Know?

For the ones going to the cannabis dispensary for the first time, the experience can turn out to be unsettling. Even though cannabis has umpteen number of benefits for both recreational and medical users, the knowledge regarding what exactly to buy shall elude you.

Besides, cannabis has always had a stigma around its use for either purpose for a long time, across generations. Hence, even though many US states have legalized its use, there is bound to arise that sense of intimidation when you first step into a cannabis dispensary store. For the managers and owners of the dispensaries, the essential idea is to assist the customers well and good.

This article shall take you through some dispensary etiquette that shall come in handy as a dispensary audience. It will also serve a purpose to gain insights into how the dispensary can help the regular dispensary for their better knowledge going further.

Awareness About The Local Laws

The laws concerning cannabis and its products are always changing from time to time. The amount one can sell or possess differ from one State to another. Thus, this makes it imperative for the dispensary to be aware of the current scenario of law and legalities concerning cannabis. Growing cannabis has also become possible due to the recent amendments in the law in a few States.

It is always better to stay on the safer side of the law. Remaining up to date with ever-changing rules and regulations about cannabis dispensation shall help the dispensary managers immensely. To attain this, a few investigative readings into the recreational and medical use aspects can be highly useful.

Security Guards

The presence of security guards at the entrance of the dispensary can be intimidating for novice visitors. They can mistake these guards as police officers patrolling the area. Due to the looming fear, these visitors might eventually leave and avoid coming to the store altogether. Hence, it is imperative to make sure the guards are welcoming while handling their jobs.

Their demeanor should be able to convince the customers of safety and comfortability. To avoid any mishap, the security guards also ought to make sure no one is carrying weapons in the store. Besides the security checkpoint at the store, the guards also need to remain vigilant to ensure the orderly handling of business.

Check-In Area

The dispensary maintains a check-in area outside the shopping space for the customers. It ensures that the visitors of the dispensary are carrying the necessary paperwork and documents for a smooth transaction. In the case of States legalizing medical cannabis, the presence of at least a State ID to validate identification and a doctor’s recommendation for the prescription is deemed necessary.

To properly facilitate the process, it is significant to focus that this area is sufficiently operated. The low workforce at this point can lead to excessive delays, which the customers would not appreciate. Hence, the motive should be to cater to the requirements set for the purchase of cannabis and ensure the best possible experience for the visitors.

Knowledgeable Staff

The novice visitors to the dispensary lookout for the staff that might help them in choosing the right product. Even the ones with the experience of buying cannabis come up with questions that need informative answering. Thus it is cardinal to employ such staff who can address the queries of the customers well.

Not only shall they help select the right product but will also enable the visitors to know about the specific effects of different strains. The staff should also make sure that they recommend the customers based on their tolerance levels and needs. This kind of attention and care is especially important in the case of concentrates and edibles.

study suggests that cannabis has a wide range of therapeutic benefits to the body. Being able to convey these to the customers on inquiry shall enable them to make informed decisions. Hence, even though it is the customer that takes the final call, the guidance of the staff turns out to be of high significance.

Parking Space

Proper parking space comes as a point of necessary consideration for the dispensary. Most of the people visiting the dispensary arrive in cars/vehicles. The entire process of showcasing relevant documents at the check-ins by the customers, enquiring about the products, and finally buying the appropriate one can take some time. Hence, it becomes imperative to arrange for the parking of vehicles.

Not only will this ensure the avoidance of traffic jams but will also help prevent the blocking of roads and nuisance for the public. However, there have been cases where the parking lots at dispensaries tend to become places for cannabis consumption. If this happens, the dispensary can even lose its license, if found out by the patrolling officers.

Moreover, it is not safe for drivers to consume cannabis before driving. In some states, it is illegal to distribute cannabis. Sharing it with friends or family members in the parking space can also turn out to be illegal in this respect. This shall further increase the amount of fine and penalties that arise. Thus, the proper guarding of the parking space carries a lot of significance.

Avoid Allowing Customers To Take Photographs

Generally, there is not much harm in clicking pictures of cannabis products. Most people might do it for their social media handles. However, due to the security concerns, there is a prohibition on clicking photographs inside the dispensary. As per an article, some of the managers running the dispensaries contend that there have been cases where the visitors click pictures to check where the camera locations are.

In these cases, the instances of attempts at theft and shoplifting might arise. However, it is highly crucial to make sure that the behavior of the staff at the dispensary is polite to the customers. You do not want them to never come back to your store after the ongoing visit. Thus, make sure you bring the rules of the dispensary to notice of the consumers coherently.

The presence of a notice board laying down the rules and procedure of buying the products can be of enormous help. This shall also bring down the instances of improper administration of the dispensary. All these points show that the management of cannabis dispensary requires due care and planning for it to function well.

Therefore, make sure you follow these etiquettes thoroughly and strengthen your dispensary’s image in the market.

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Better communication applies to self talk, too

Here is one exercise to begin developing positive self-talk:

Write down some of the negative messages inside your mind.  Be specific, whenever possible, and include anyone you remember who contributed to that message.
Next, to those negative messages write down a positive truth in your life.  Don’t give up if you don’t find them quickly.  For every negative message there is positive,  keep looking until you find them.

For example, you might write, when you make a mistake, you think, “I can’t do anything right.” Right beside that negative statement, your positive message could be, “I accept my mistake and am becoming a better person.”

Positive self-talk is not self-deception, positive self-talk is about the truth, in situations and in yourself.  When negative events or mistakes happen, positive self-talk seeks to bring the positive out of the negative to help you do better, go further, or just keep moving forward.

Helping Kids Process Their Emotions Free From Shame

From the Blog of Generation Mindful:

Have you ever heard someone tell a child who is crying to stop? Maybe they lead with something like, “What are you, a baby?” Or maybe they add in  some fear as well by saying, “Stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about.” Oof.

Most of us cringe to think these things are being said to children (and they are) but are we aware of the more subtle ways we ourselves might be dismissing children’s emotions

If you’ve ever caught yourself wanting to tell an emotional child to just stop, (so basically, if you are a human being) here are three things to keep in mind that will help you help kids process their emotions free from shame.   

1) ALLOW FOR EMOTIONSKids can actually feel intimidated by their own emotions, especially when adults in their lives react negatively to the expression of those feelings. When we react to a child’s experience and make having big feelings “wrong”, no matter how inconvenient or annoying that experience might me, we are minimizing and at times denying that child the right to their own internal experience. And as tempting as dismissing and denying might seem because we think we are “nipping this bad attitude in the bud”, in actuality, we are likely making things worse; at times even increasing the likelihood that we will find ourselves back in this very place tomorrow. And really, who wants that?

The first step in helping kids learn to process their feelings is acceptance. We get to accept the fact that this child is feeling one form of not happy or another. Allow for emotions. Period. End of story. Whether you see these emotions as logical or ludacris is irrelevant. Hit a pause button on the inner dialog that wants to scream, “What is wrong with you!?!?” and make space for their emotions instead. You do not need to agree with someone’s emotions to make space for them. All you really need to do is allow for them.

In the face of screaming and whining, allowing is easier said than done, so it’s helpful to have a phrase in your back pocket you can turn to for strength. Mine is this:

“EMOTIONS ARE SACRED.”

For me this means that emotions are not right and they are not wrong. They just are. Emotions are safe to feel, they matter, and they are always allowed. Kids are simply exploring a whole new world of feelings and benefit greatly when the adults in their world support this process.

2) RECOGNIZE EMOTIONS: Once you’ve made space for big emotions, the next step is to help children learn to recognize their feelings and the feelings of others. If kids are expressing their big feelings with actions like hurting others or otherwise acting out, see these actions as a form of communication – a cry for help. The phrase I turn to for patience and strength in these challenging moments is this:

“MISBEHAVIOR IS AN UNMET NEED.”

This moves me into thinking, “What’s the need?!” instead of “What is WRONG with this child?!”. With my own energies centered, I am then better equipped to approach the situation, maintaining my boundaries and respecting the child at the very same time. Instead of punishment, when we center ourselves first, we are then able to help children:

  • Think about and express how they were feeling.
  • Draw a connection between their feelings and why/how they acted out.
  • Consider their thoughts, words and actions. Tools like this set of (free) printable calming strategies with cute pictures kids can color along with words (designed for ages 3 to about 9) from the Time-In Toolkit are helpful as are any number of play based approaches to nurturing social and emotional skills in kids.

When we help children process their actions in connection to their thoughts and feelings, free from punishment, shame and blame, we are teaching important social and emotional skills in the most powerful way possible… and that is by example. 

3) MODEL FORGIVENESS: There are times that feel impossible for us to keep our cool. Take the mom in my last parenting class who’s son threw a glass of water at her… a challenging moment to be sure. Despite of our best intentions, we are going to get knocked off center. Instead of beating ourselves up for our anger and frustration in times like these, we can see them as a teaching moment for us to model self love and acceptance in the face of our own mistakes.

When we are aware of our own trigger moments, instead of beating ourselves up, we can simply apologize. The catch phrase we use in my home in the face of our teaching moments is this:

“MISTAKES HELP ME LEARN AND GROW.”

When we model self-love and forgiveness, children learn self-love and forgiveness. Share how you were feeling, what you might have done differently and something you learned. In doing so, you are teaching children that it is possible for us to learn from our mistakes free from shame.

Emotions in and of themselves are never a negative thing and everyday life affords us countless opportunities to support children in learning how to process their emotions. This is no small task, but the stakes are high and the rewards for doing so are even higher. Our very world and peace in our time depends on it. 

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Mom of four, author and parent educator Suzanne Tucker is the founder of Generation Mindful, a line of educational tools, toys and programs committed to connecting the generations playfully and nurturing the human spirit.