Cannabis dispensaries are a radically new retail phenomenon, selling a commodity that is still shrouded in stigma and illegal under federal law. For a Baby Boomer whose most recent cannabis transaction may have been clandestinely copping a dime bag from their neighborhood dealer some 50 years ago, visiting a dispensary can make them feel like the proverbial kid in a candy store. Their former college roommate, however, may find a dispensary encounter discombobulating, overwhelming or even beyond the pale.

I am fascinated by the different ways older adults experience this unique cannabis point of purchase, and am exploring how these meetings transpire in different parts of the country.


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