NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Having spent some time exploring the marijuana dispensaries in Colorado, I can't help but notice how inefficient they truly are. Some feel like you're entering a secret spy base in an alley, while others look like convenience stores that are going out of business.
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Whether for recreational or medicinal use, cannabis sells itself. The staff in these buildings are, albeit knowledgeable about their product, are really tertiary elements to the transaction. This, paired with the most dubious and discriminatory pricing policies, the federal decriminalization of marijuana will be a boon to everyone in the marijuana industry – except dispensaries.
Once large corporations can sink their money into the marijuana industry, the entire selection and inventory of any dispensary will become a mini-endcap on the counter next to the vaporizers and e-cigarettes. These hidden locations will be competing with every 7-Eleven, Wal-Mart, gas station and grocery store.
At that point in time, people looking for a more personalized experience can simply make a purchase in the marijuana room of any smoke or head shop in the country. What it boils down to is these dispensaries won't be able to compete with companies that use every inch of their stores to entice purchases.
Even if you live in a state where marijuana isn't available recreationally, federal decriminalization will make THC- and CBD- extracts available in pharmacies. Once again, the dispensaries are lemonade stands compared to pharmacy retail giants like CVS and Walgreens.