Origin of the word dispensary and what dispensary means today

Nowadays, if you mention dispensary people will think you are referring to a marijuana dispensary.  In some states in the United States, you have two types of cannabis dispensaries. There is a medical dispensary for medical marijuana where you will need to present a medical marijuana recommendation from a physician, your ID, and cash to get cannabis. More recently, there is also a recreational dispensary for recreational marijuana where all you will need to bring is an ID and cash. Federal law does not allow marijuana dispensaries of any kind to accept debit or credit cards so bring cash.

Where does the word dispensary come from and what were the first instances of dispensaries?

The term dispensary comes from the Latin word dispensare which meant to weigh out or distribute.

What were some of the first forms of dispensaries in history?

Some of the earlier references of the word dispensary refer to institutions dispensing charity and medicine. In 1696, the British Empire Open up its first free clinic Which dispensed medicine to the poor free of charge and it was called the London dispensary. Eventually, the idea of Dispensaries spread to the new world. A dispensary could be found in New York Philadelphia and Boston in 1796. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a provident dispensary Refer to a small Clinic that would give Medical Care  two patients that would make a weekly payment  that’s kind of an early form of a sort of insurance payment.

What is an electronic dispensary?

With modern technology, there are also electronic dispensaries that will dispense medications to patients. I recently read about a Mobile Electronic Dispensary System (MEDS) which is a robotic delivery system for medicine. It delivers the right dose of medicine at the right time to patients that are older or have mental disabilities.

Is the term dispensary found across the globe?

Yes, the term dispensary can be found across the globe and usually has a connotation of Medical Care. A dispensary in Kenya 4 is too small helplessly managed by a registered nurse.  dispensary in India basic Medical facility that can only provide basic Medical Care  and does not have much else.

In some states in the United States, a dispensary can refer to alcohol dispensary and not cannabis dispensary. An alcohol dispensary in Idaho or South Carolina refers to a state run liquor store.

A dispensary in recent times is synonomous with a cannabis shop.

In what U.S. states, can you find a marijuana dispensary as of 2018?

As of 2018, there are a number of cannabis dispensaries that can be found in the United States in certain states due to state law legalizing marijuana in some form or fashion. There are a list of states below allow medical cannabis to be sold in marijuana dispensaries that are also referred to as  “compassion clubs”. These dispensaries was named “compassion clubs” due to the Compassion Act in California which was the first state to allow medical marijuana dispensary.

The U.S. states that allow medical marijuana dispensaries:

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Oregon, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.

Are there cannabis dispensaries in Canada?

Marijuana dispensaries in Canada are not as abundant and are really only in British Columbia and Ontario. There is a huge piece of legislation that may legalize recreational marijuana in Canada which would be a huge game changer.

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