Some states that prohibit or limit home growing for personal adult use may make exceptions for medical marijuana patients—they can often grow/possess more plants, especially if they live a certain distance away from the nearest licensed dispensary.
In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first two states in the US to legalize cannabis for adult use. Since then, other states have followed suit. States and territories with legal recreational markets also operate legal medical marijuana programs that cater to patients with qualifying conditions.
Rec vs. MMJ: homegrow differences
At either store type, you’re bound to find the shelves full of various edibles, drinkables, vaporizers, topicals, strains, and concentrates. Some state medical marijuana laws, however, may restrict the form factor allowed to patients, so certain products—like smokable flower—may be unavailable to them.
Most states in the US that have legal access to cannabis have granted it to valid medical marijuana patients only. As of April 12, 2021, 18 states plus Washington, DC and Guam have legalized recreational marijuana. About two dozen states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, by contrast, have a legal medical marijuana program, but each state’s program varies considerably in terms of access, qualifying conditions, and type of products available.
After you’ve selected a shop, you have one of two options as a first-time buyer:
We do not own or operate any of the businesses on our site and we do not sell any cannabis products directly. Our goal is to help people find the cannabis strains and dispensaries that best match their particular needs.
Normally, we would suggest that you use Finder to find a local dispensary and contact them, but if there is no option for medical or adult-use cannabis in your area then, unfortunately, we’re unable to point you in the right direction.
Alternatively, you can find a variety of items in the Products section of our site. However, you will have to visit the brand manufacturer’s page directly in order to locate retail locations or purchase these items as regulations vary.
To learn more about how to find a dispensary near you, check out this article: Finding a dispensary or retail location (web browser)
You can add items to your bag directly from a participating dispensary’s Leafly Pickup menu. Items that are available for pickup will be displayed by default when you first land on a menu. When you’re done adding items to your bag, you can submit your pickup request. After submitting the request, you will get an email when your order is ready to be picked up. In most cases, you will need to pay in cash, and the total may change depending on tax and promotions.
To place an order from the website:
2. Select Order Now underneath the item
Note: If there are any issues with your pickup order, please contact that dispensary directly.
3. Select Available for Pickup