Just recently, both medical and recreational marijuana have been legalized in my state. It didn’t take long for numerous cannabis dispensaries to open up in my local area. I was curious to visit one of these dispensaries and see what it was like. I expected a very small business in a seedy neighborhood. I doubted I’d even work up the courage to step inside. When I drove to the closest dispensary, I was surprised and amazed by the modern facility. The building is large and well-lit and located in a very upscale area. The staff was welcoming and knowledgeable. I was greeted immediately and offered assistance. When I admitted that I had no experience with marijuana and was unsure what I was looking for, a budtender offered to show me around. The number of products was shocking. I hadn’t realized that marijuana was available in so many forms. They offer a wide range of flowers, edibles, tinctures, oils and so much more. There is a whole line of beauty products and even options designed for pets. The budtender explained the difference between THC and CBD and let me try a few samples of the edibles. I learned that cannabis offers an entirely natural alternative to conventional medicines and remedies. There are no harmful long-term side-effects and no one has ever overdosed on marijuana. It is used to treat everything from PTSD and depression to glaucoma and diabetes. The budtender gave me a tour of the dab bar and the vape lounge. The atmosphere in the dispensary is completely safe, secure and comfortable. Everyone was friendly and helped to set my mind at ease.