The most important factor when you're looking for weed – location
New Zealand is among the world’s top consumers of cannabis. And with a series of pro-marijuana laws now in existence in the country, access to weed has become more commonplace. Although the implementation of the new regulations has been inconsistent, the regulatory environment is now laxer than ever for cannabis users.
Now more than ever, New Zealand residents have a wide latitude of choice when looking for weed, so much so that they can narrow down their list of options to those that are highly convenient. As such, it comes as no surprise that cannabis users in the country now want to buy weed within close proximity to their homes or workplace.
Weed dispensaries in New Zealand are now popping up at an incredible pace. It’s highly likely that you’ll find one within a few minutes’ drive from your office or workplace.
The nature of weed dispensaries in New Zealand
The series of new regulations for medical marijuana has paved the way for several of weed dispensaries in New Zealand. But since recreational use is yet to be legalized, weed dispensaries are only licensed to distribute medical marijuana products, and the range of legalized medical marijuana products is very narrow.
Up till now, the New Zealand Government is yet to approve the use of the whole plant for any patient. However, certain provisions in the reformed Misuse of Drugs Act waive prosecutions for medical marijuana patients who use the whole plant. As such, there’s a legal loophole that allows weed dispensaries in the country to distribute the whole plant and other cannabis products currently outlawed in the country’s Misuse of Drugs Act of 1975.
Currently, for a NZ$966 fee, independent dealers can obtain licenses for:
- Possessing and storing cannabis seeds, the whole plant, and other cannabis products
- Extracting or processing cannabis
- Selling and distributing cannabis whole plants, seeds, and cannabis products
Differences between purchasing weed in a pharmacy and a weed dispensary
The buying experiences in a pharmacy and a weed dispensary differs in several respects.
The first major difference between the buying experience in a pharmacy and a dispensary is that it’s just like comparing the buying experience in a city mall to that of a specialized dealer. With the specialized dealer, you’ll have access to a greater variety of a type of product compared to the mall, because the dealer stocks only just that type of product. While some pharmacies may only stock legally approved cannabis products like Sativex, you’ll find a wide range of products in a dispensary, from dry leaves to hemp oils, topical, edibles, tinctures, balms, and lots more. You’ll also find products from a wider variety of strains in dispensaries compared to pharmacies.
You’ll also have greater access to information about each particular cannabis product in a dispensary than in a pharmacy. You’ll most likely need a doctor’s prescription to buy cannabis products in a pharmacy. But in a dispensary, you can just walk in (with your medical marijuana card), discuss your unique personal needs with the attendant, and you’ll be given a range of options to choose from.
You shouldn’t expect the recommendations from dispensary attendants to be spot on. You might just need to experiment with different doses of various products to find what works best for you.
Another major difference between buying cannabis in a pharmacy and a weed dispensary in New Zealand is the methods of transaction. Banks currently do not support the cannabis industry due to the illegal status of the drug under Federal laws. As such, you don’t have the convenience of using your credit cards or checks to pay for products in dispensaries - you’ll have to dole out hard cash. But since pharmacies walk the fine lines of legality in dealing with cannabis products, they’ll have no problems processing payments for cannabis products through their banking facilities.
Final words - Buying weed through online weed dispensaries
You also have the alternative of online shopping when looking for weed. If there are no dispensaries near you, you can shop from the comfort of your home. In fact, New Zealand is one of the most attractive markets for many renowned global online cannabis companies.
When shopping online, ensure that you do your due diligence and verify the authenticity of claims on a vendor’s website to avoid any scams.