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.
heal Dispensary Etiquette 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. 48 grow. heal. live. enjoy. myhydrolife.com
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