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How Can I Tell If a Dispensary Is Operating Legally?

Updated: May 5

If you’re purchasing marijuana from a dispensary in Los Angeles, it’s important to play by the rules.

Los Angeles law enforcement has begun cracking down on these shops, making it more and more important that you, the consumer, know how to spot the signs of an illegal dispensary before you find yourself in trouble with the law.

Now you might be asking yourself, “How the heck will I know if a dispensary is operating legally?” Well, there are subtle hints that will help you purchase your cannabis legally and avoid any trouble.

  1. Do they follow the legal hours of operation? In California, a dispensary cannot sell between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., so if your local dispensary is open late into the evening, there’s a good chance they are in violation of the law and could be raided or shut down. Here at Strain Balboa Caregivers, we’re happy to serve you Monday-Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

  2. Does the store require a valid ID? To purchase recreational marijuana, you need to be 21+ and have a valid ID. Any shop that doesn’t require identification may be a sign that they’re operating illegally.

  3. Do people use in the store? This is another major red flag and violation, because consuming cannabis on the same premise as where it is sold (like alcohol regulations) is against the law. Cannabis can only be consumed on private property.

  4. Do they pay their taxes? If your dispensary is operating legally then they are paying taxes. Therefore you should see a tax fee on your receipt after purchasing cannabis goods or related products. Also watch out for receipts that are handwritten, as this can also indicate that they are not abiding by tax regulations.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the right choice when purchasing cannabis. If you have any questions about a dispensary, do a little research beforehand or call and ask questions.

Shopping at a legal and licensed dispensary will help you avoid any trouble with the law and enjoy marijuana safely from the comfort of your own home.


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