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Dos & Don’ts of Visiting a Recreational Dispensary in MA

Planning a visit to a recreational dispensary in MA? It’s actually a pretty straight forward process. Recreational dispensaries in MA work hard to keep their facilities casual, judgement-free zones while respecting your privacy. Check out these dos & don’ts so you know what to expect at a recreational dispensary in MA!

Located off of 495 in Lowell, MA, Smyth Cannabis Co. is the most popular recreational dispensary near Andover, Ayer, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Nashua, Dracut, Groton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, North Andover, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Westford, Wilmington, Woburn and the surrounding towns.


DO: Make Sure Everyone In Your Party is Over 21 Years of Age

Valid medical card holders can buy medical marijuana at age 18. However, a recreational dispensary in MA may only sell to adults over 21 years of age. Anyone under the age of 21 will be denied entry and asked to leave.

✗ DON’T: Bring Your Kids to a Recreational Dispensary in MA

In fact, recreational dispensaries in MA can not legally allow anyone under the age of 21 years old on their premises at all. This includes waiting outside or even staying in the car. So plan on leaving the kids at home or with a trusted sitter during your visit.

✓ DO: Be Prepared to Show Your ID Several Times

You will be asked to show your ID several times during your visit. Most likely, each individual employee you talk to will ask to see it.

Out-of-state customers are welcome to purchase from any recreational dispensary in MA with a valid, government-issued ID. (Subject to the store manager’s discretion) Customers are responsible for following all laws regulating the transport of cannabis across state lines.

DON’T: Rely on Your Credit Card

At this time, credit card transactions are not permitted for the purchase of cannabis products or accessories. Most retailers do accept debit cards, but additional fees will apply. CanPay is a mobile debit card app for dispensary purchases without any additional charges. Find a retailer near you that accepts CanPay here.

Recreational dispensaries in MA cannot legally accept payments online. You’ll have to pay for your online order in person at the time of pickup or delivery.

DO: Bring Cash

You’ll find an ATM at just about every recreational dispensary in MA. But you should arrive with cash in advance to avoid running into any technical issues with the ATM and paying additional withdrawal fees.

Even if you will not be paying for your order with cash, many stores will expect you to tip your budtender a couple extra bucks for a job well done. You can give the dispensary a call in advance if you are unsure whether or not they accept tips.

Smyth Cannabis Co.’s flagship recreational dispensary in Lowell, MA does not allow tipping. We appreciate any and all recognition for our employees’ hard work. However, we pride ourselves on our low prices and do not want our customers to feel pressured to spend more money. Instead, we pay our employees a competitive hourly salary that is much more stable than a gratuity-based model.

✗ DON’T: Get “Sticker Shocked” by MA Recreational Dispensary Prices

It is important to keep in mind that unless otherwise advertised, the prices you see at a MA recreational dispensary probably do not include taxes. While medical weed sales do not incur any hefty taxes, the taxes on recreation sales add up to be approximately 20%.

In addition to the standard 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax, expect an additional marijuana excise tax of 10.75%, plus a local tax of up to 3% that will vary based on city.

✓ DO: Put Smyth Cannabis Co. in Lowell, MA on Your List of Dispensaries to Visit

Conveniently located right off of I-495 in Lowell, our dispensary offers the highest quality cannabis flower, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates and more. Our friendly and knowledgeable budtenders will help you find products you love at industry-leading prices. We carry a rotating selection of our premium cannabis products, along with products from other Massachusetts brands. Parking is available for free onsite. Visit us today!