A Dispensary is basically a place where a person can buy different types of cannabis, either for medical or recreational purposes, under modulated and supervised conditions. The concept of dispensaries came into existence because many state laws prohibit the dealing of cannabis in pharmacies. In the United States of America, this concept was first introduced in 1992 in San Francisco. Since then, many dispensaries have opened in the USA. Over the year, Missouri dispensaries, Nevada, and Las Vegas have gained recognition for their contribution to the cannabis industry.

Why is marijuana not sold for medical purposes in pharmacies?

According to the federal law of the United States of America, marijuana has no medicinal value. It is considered a psychoactive substance that can get the person into a mind-altering state. Further, it is a Schedule – 1 substance, so it cannot be prescribed legally either by doctors or pharmacists.

According to leading reports, there are more than 140 dispensaries in Missouri. The state of Missouri has risen above the shackles of social stigma related to cannabis and legalised medical marijuana in 2018. While it is considered illegal in most of the countries in the world, there are a few states which have legalised marijuana for public use:


During the Covid-19 pandemic, while almost every shop was closed, the coffee shops were made to open for the sale of pot which was considered as an ‘essential’ item. It is completely legal in the Netherlands, and it is ordinary to find people smoking pot in coffee shops.


Uruguay is the first country that legalised the trade and production of marijuana. It is possible to buy cannabis at the local pharmacies, provided that the person needs to first officially get himself registered.


Canada has legalised marijuana for people above 18 years of age. However, possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana is still illegal. Interestingly, people can also grow up to 4 plants of weed at their home.


The country of Bob Marley, famous for his ‘Ganja Gun’ song, permitted the use of weed in 2015. Also, Rastafarians, members of a religious group in Jamaica, can possess weed in unlimited quantities.

Costa Rica

This country has controversial laws for weed. Ironically, the sale of weed is a punishable offence, but the use of it does not attract any penalties. It is quite a common sight to see people rolling joints in local places.

There are many more countries that have legalised cannabis. Other countries are Colombia, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Belize.

Different types of jobs in the marijuana dispensary

Many people used to take a backseat when it came to working in a marijuana dispensary. However, times are changing, and people are considering making careers in this industry due to its growth prospects. According to a national report, the legal use of cannabis generates around $10 billion every year. People with various skill sets can enter this industry. There are various types of job profiles such as budtenders, botanical specialists, lab technicians, weed workers, et cetera.

The usage of weed has been ancient in many countries, especially the middle east. It was considered to have medicinal properties and was used by many religious groups. It was the Christian church that was sceptical about the use of weed as it was primarily used in eastern countries. Over the years, consumption has been seen to be prohibited and legalised in supervised conditions. As a by-product, dispensaries are just a formal and legal route to allow the usage of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes.