A step-by-step guide to buying legal cannabis – Food & Drink – Smile Politely – Champaign-Urbana’s Online Magazine

Want to buy some cannabis? In the United States, 38 states have legalized cannabis for medical use and 24 for recreational use including Illinois. In our twin cities of Champaign-Urbana, we have four dispensaries each with their own vibe, but the process for buying cannabis is standardized. Wondering what exactly is that process? I got you covered, and because I’m a visual learner, I included photos for every step of the buying process. While it’s not illegal to take photos inside a dispensary, it’s still polite to ask, so I reached out to Cloud9 Cannabis‘s Alex Corrao who was super nice and helped make sure everyone in these photos wanted to be in the photos.

Step 1: Prepare

Before going to Cloud9 (or any dispensary), locate your valid government ID and be a person who is 21 years or older. Next, have a valid payment method for the dispensary. Since marijuana is still a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, cannabis purchases must be made either with cash or debit card only, so gather one of those and then visit a dispensary.

Alyssa Buckley Step 2: Check in at the dispensary

At every dispensary, doors open first to

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