Hydrolife Magazine February/March 2017 (USA Edition)


It is amazing how an event from almost 20 years ago can remain fresh in the mind. It certainly doesn’t seem that long ago that Canadian Ross Rebagliati rocketed down Nagano’s Olympic giant slalom snowboard course, ripping through the finish line to claim the first-ever Olympic men’s snowboarding gold medal despite starting the final run in eighth position. Since then, Rebagliati has become a cultural phenomenon and advocate of marijuana
use, and it is no coincidence that since that foggy day on Mount Yakebitai near Nagano, how we perceive the use of marijuana in society has changed for the better. Hydrolife recently caught up with Rebagliati to talk about Nagano, his thoughts on marijuana, and the launch of Ross’ Gold.




by Kent Gruetzmacher

For many cannabis users and patients, the notion of walking

into a storefront and legally purchasing marijuana products is

still quite intimidating. If that’s how you feel, Hydrolife’s Kent

Gruetzmacher has a few tips on how to make your first trip to the

dispensary smooth as cannabutter.

While many US states have legalized

cannabis in one form or other, the

negative stigma surrounding its use

remains deeply embedded in the

American consciousness. As a result,

the thought of going to a dispensary

for the first time can make even a

veteran cannabis enthusiast a bit

uncomfortable. To help quell these

uneasy feelings, here is a little

advice on what one can expect—

and how one should behave—

during that initial visit.

Know the Local Laws

Perhaps the most effective way to ensure

a smooth visit to a dispensary is

to research local laws before making

a visit. As cannabis legislation is in a

constant flux, taking a few minutes of

investigative reading will get one up

to speed on state and county laws concerning

medical and recreational use.

Once educated on local policy, cannabis

consumers can feel prepared and

confident on how to safely fulfill their

cannabis needs at a local dispensary.

Security Guards

Novice shoppers are often

intimidated by the presence of

armed guards in the parking

lots and entrances of dispensaries.

After all, it is easy to mistake

these guards for police officers.

Don’t fear, though; armed

guards at cannabis dispensaries

work for private security

firms that are subcontracted by the

businesses. These guards are simply

on site to keep the premises secure and

customers safe. They’ll often want to

look through a patron’s backpack or a

purse to ensure there are no weapons

inside. So, to ensure a smooth entrance

to the dispensary, cannabis patrons

should not have anything threatening or

embarrassing in their baggage.

Check-In and Sharing

Personal Information

Every time cannabis users visit a dispensary,

they must wait in a check-in area

located outside of the shopping space.

This area exists so dispensary employees

can ensure the clients have the

proper paperwork before entering and

accessing any product. Furthermore, the

waiting area ensures that the purchasing

space doesn’t become overcrowded,

allowing budtenders to give customers

their full attention.

Doing the proper research on state

and county laws mentioned above will

pay off when it comes time to check-in.

If living in a medical state, patients will

at least need to provide a state-issued ID

and a doctor’s recommendation to enter

the premises. The dispensary receptionist

will need to verify your doctor’s recommendation

with your provider via the

Internet or telephone. On a similar note,

don’t be intimidated by the prospect of

sharing your personal information with a

dispensary. This data is protected by law.

Other Patients and Consumers

At this point in time, remember that

just because people can legally access

cannabis at dispensaries does not mean

that its use is condoned in their professional

and personal lives. Therefore,

small talk between patrons in dispensaries

is acceptable, but anonymity should

be respected. That way there’s less of

a chance that a person’s life could be

negatively impacted by gossip or hearsay

concerning his or her responsible

cannabis consumption.

Know Your Product

When shopping for cannabis products,

utilize the staff’s knowledge. A wellinformed

budtender should be able to

inform customers about the specific

effects of each strain, as well as recommend

products based on clients’ needs

and tolerance levels. This care and

attention is particularly important when

it comes to edibles and concentrates as

a little bit often goes a long way with

these potent THC products. Still, the final

decision is placed on the consumer.


grow. heal. live. enjoy.


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