Last month, Oregon became the fourth state -- in addition to Washington DC -- to legalize recreational marijuana, joining Washington, Colorado, and Alaska among the states where mellows need no longer be harshed by paranoia or the man. Anyone of age can stroll into a dispensary and score a bag, pre-rolled joints, and other euphoric treats. Twenty other states have medical marijuana dispensaries, too, for, um, glaucoma and stuff. It’s a great time in America.
This means that locals and pot tourists alike are going to be hitting up pot shops to get their fix, and, just like your first trip to a liquor store, it might be intimidating the first time. Between all the strands, gadgets, and people, it can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what to expect on your first trip to a dispensary. Surprise: it doesn’t involve sitting awkwardly making small talk on a stranger’s couch. That comes later.