Going to a Colorado Dispensary for the First Time?

Posted on May 4th, 2022 to Blog by

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Even though shopping for cannabis can be a bit different from shopping for other consumer products, there really is no reason to be intimidated. With a little guidance on what to expect, what to bring, and Colorado cannabis laws, you will be set to get through a straightforward shopping experience. Here is a closer look at some of the things to know before you venture out to a dispensary.

What to Expect at Colorado Dispensaries

Getting In

Colorado cannabis laws state that retailers must verify a customer’s age before they enter. You will be required to show your photo ID before you ever enter the budroom. If cannabis is visibly displayed in the lobby you will have to show your ID before entering the building. Keep your ID on hand after entry—you will also have to show it again when you make a purchase.

Product Selection

Cannabis dispensaries will not have products out on shelves where it can be freely handled and touched. Instead, most of the products will be held in cases that are overseen by a budtender. As a customer, you will be greeted by a budtender that will allow you to look at or smell different products as you shop for what you want.

At AMCH, we use high-grade lighting to illuminate our products. We strive for pure transparency, and as a result, there is no bait-and-switch at AMCH.

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Knowledgeable Staff

Don’t be shy about asking questions when you enter the dispensary. The professionals at the dispensary are happy to help you along as a new customer. For example, if you are curious about the potency of a certain strain, how to use a concentrate, or even which edibles could help with certain ailments, the budtender will be happy to offer advice.

What to Bring with You

Photo ID

In order to purchase cannabis in Colorado state, you need to be an adult that is 21 years of age or older. In most cases, you will be required to show your valid (i.e not expired) government-issued photo ID before you can enter the dispensary. Your state-issued driver’s license, military ID, Colorado Native American Tribe Card, or passport are considered acceptable forms of identification at most locations.

The digital version of your government-issued ID is allowed. This does not include images of your identification.

Colorado Medical Marijuana Card

If you are a Colorado medical marijuana patient and plan to shop from the medical menu, be sure to bring your medical marijuana card and valid ID with you. The dispensary staff will be using your patient ID to enter into the system when you make your purchase. Here’s how to get a medical card.


Even though a lot of dispensaries do now accept other forms of payment, cash is always the easiest way to pay. A lot of dispensaries even have ATMs on site for customers who don’t have enough cash on hand. However, to avoid ATM fees, it is a good idea to bring enough cash with you to cover purchases.

At AMCH, we accept all forms of plastic – debit or credit, with a 4% charge of your total.

FAQs About Colorado Cannabis Laws

Where can you consume cannabis after your purchase?

For the most part, you will want to stick with consuming your cannabis on private property. You may also occasionally come across a licensed cannabis hospitality business where you can consume cannabis on the premises. According to Colorado cannabis laws, you cannot consume cannabis in public, in your vehicle, parks, or hotel rooms.

How much cannabis can I purchase in Colorado?

During a single business day, you can only purchase up to 800 milligrams of THC-containing products, which will include edibles (800mg), flower (1 ounce), and concentrates (8g); or any combination of the three. CBD products (without THC) do not count toward your daily limit. You can visit multiple dispensaries and make purchases as long as you do not exceed these daily purchase limits.

Can you buy cannabis in Colorado if you’re not a resident?

You can definitely buy cannabis in Colorado even if you are not a resident. Unfortunately, out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not recognized in CO, but you can legally visit a recreational dispensary to buy what you need. In the past, out-of-state visitors were not allowed the same purchase limits as residents. However, that law has changed; you can purchase the same amount as anyone else who lives in the state. You will want to stay within state lines with your cannabis, though. It’s considered federally illegal to transport legally purchased cannabis across state lines or discuss it while shopping in a cannabis dispensary.

How much cannabis can I possess at one time?

You are legally allowed to possess up to two ounces of cannabis at one time. This applies whether you are a recreational or medical cannabis consumer. As a side note, it is also OK if you have cannabis in your vehicle as long as the product is in a sealed container.

We Welcome Newcomers to the AMCH Colorado Dispensary

Whether you are an experienced cannabis connoisseur or this will be your first trip to a cannabis dispensary in Colorado, we work hard to make sure you feel welcome at AMCH. Be sure to take a look at our medical and recreational menus before you arrive to get an idea of what we have available. And, if you have questions about Colorado cannabis laws or products, feel free to reach out to us or discuss your concerns with one of our team members when you arrive. We hope to see you soon!

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