Access Point

Definition - What does Access Point mean?

In the medical marijuana community, an access point is an authorized location that has been specifically set up, and is regulated by state laws, to sell medical cannabis, also called medical marijuana, to licensed patients and consumers. Such locations are typically called marijuana dispensaries or cannabis dispensaries.Besides selling medical cannabis, an access point also helps educate and inform patients about all aspects of medical cannabis. Depending on the state and its particular laws, an access point is often a location where patients and consumers can work with cannabis professionals to learn about the regional application and certification process to gain access to the use of medical marijuana to treat a variety of state-specified ailments.

Hydrolife explains Access Point

Access points provide a safe and secure location where patients and consumers that are licensed by the state can discuss and shop for a wide array of cannabis items that are designed for medicinal use. At an access point, marijuana products that contain varying levels of THC, cannabinoids, and terpenoids, are sold to adults who qualify. Access point technicians, known as budtenders, discuss and educate consumers on the various strains of available marijuana and the different products that can be purchased to meet the patient’s specific medical needs. Generally, most access points are set up similar to a physician’s office or they have a dividing window where patients can freely discuss their private medical issues with a trained budtender while viewing the available cannabis items. Consumers and patients are usually required to register at the access point and provide all required state certifications prior to purchase.


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