Buying cannabis on the street offers no guarantees. Even where the price is better than competitive, you have no assurance of content.
Medical-use cannabis or recreational-use cannabis on the black market comes with no guarantees. But, where legalized, cannabis sells with some promises you cannot ignore.
10 reasons why you buy regulated cannabis:
As you might expect, no two states agree on all the recommendations and restrictions. But, having said that, you should recognize good reasons enough to move into the well-lit market of regulated cannabis grow, production, and sale:
1. Regulated cannabis is a life saver. Legal dispensaries will compete on quality controls. It’s in their self-interest to stock only the best and most reputable product.
They can’t compete by selling shake, mold, and contaminants. It’s to the advantage to meet and exceed compliance regulations on quality. It partly justifies the cost and taxation. But, the net effect it that the mandated practices protect your intake.
2. Legal cannabis sells as clean. The legal market does not produce or sell mystery products. State regs require audited and tracked product testing as a consumer protection.
It’s tested for mildew, mold, toxins, and more. But, it is also tested to confirm its identity, genetics, weight, THC: CBD ratio, and other user interests.
3. Customers make better-informed decisions. With informative labeling of tested and confirmed contents, buyers can make more selective shopping decisions and spend more prudently and effectively.
In the dark market, you cannot trust the baggie’s contents. Except for trust in your dealer, you have no way of knowing you are getting the strain you want in the amount or quality you want. And, without the info, you have no basis for comparison shopping for cost or product.
4. Users have a stake in the origin of their purchase. Some customers prefer specific products from specific seed sources and breeders. Some like those products, and others like to try new strains and genetics.
Customers expect some justification for the increased cost. And, that comes with being able to buy-up and choose differently with more information on origin, genetics, and cultivation methods.
5. Dispensaries stock more product. Medical and recreational-use cannabis dispensaries have room for and compete with larger inventories of products and product lines. You’ll find varieties of cannabis buds, but you’ll also find a wide selection of cannabis derivatives.
You’ll find edibles, lotions, topicals, transdermal patches, oils, and much more. And, knowledgeable budtenders will assist buyers with new and expanded information on strains, related products, and accessories.
6. Retail operations are transparent. You can see what you are buying in a cannabis dispensary. Glass cabinetry and containers display cannabis clearly. You get to see what you’re buying, comparing it to other varieties for coloring, aroma, and content.
That’s not an option you enjoy with your neighborhood dealer. Dealer’s don’t invite you to open or check the baggie for sale. It’s not that they have any options to offer.
7. Dispensaries offer something new. Medical and recreational-use cannabis dispensaries offer a better shopping experience. They are shopper-friendly, and they will compete offering creative products, new strains, and attractive accessories.
Dispensaries can shape customer tastes, and customer tastes will drive provider innovation. With the money promised by the canna-economy, that should happen sooner than not.
8. Legal cannabis reduces risks of addiction. Making cannabis legal gives customers a significant alternative to addictive alcohol, opioids, and tobacco. It even affords a chance to wean off crippling addictions.
But, it also lets people medicate without the risk and side-effects attached to many pharmaceutical medications. In specific medical situations, patients may benefit more directly and fully from medical cannabis than manufactured meds.
9. It’s money well spent. Time will tell how willing customers are to bear the heavy taxes on legalized cannabis. The various states may dedicate the revenues to addiction treatment, mental health, police support, public schools, and teen dependency education.
It will also create well-paying jobs in agriculture, processing, packaging, and distribution. And, that does not include the expected growth in indirect providers like lighting, real estate, irrigation, nutrients, and more.
10. Business transparency is an added value. Customers will benefit from the well-labeled product. You deserve to know ingredients, genetics, THC: CBD content and balance, weight, and more.
You have a need for and right to a total picture on contents and warnings on potential negative side-effects.
The cost of buying regulated cannabis
CNN.com reports, “Between customers, retailers and growers, taxes on cannabis may reach as high as 45% in parts of the state.” It’s not so bad in other states, but the added cost is meaningful.
So, you may have to seriously weigh the values listed here against the negatives of continuing to deal with a shadow market dealer.
A regulated market is a healthy market. It assures quality care and checks and balances in the interest of your health. A regulated market levels the competitive field to encourage quality control and innovation. And, a regulated market establishes standards for performance and compliance serving customers.
All things are so new, so much must shake itself out. You will see more consistency across state regulations, higher standards for quality and production, and better customer communication and information. That’s a “win, win” for everyone.