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A medical dispensary will often accept certain types of government-issued ID in order to prove that you are of legal age to purchase and consume cannabis in your area, however recreational dispensaries typically require that you bring multiple forms of identification in order to confirm your identity and residency status. Let’s take a look at the different types of ID required to buy recreational cannabis, starting with the most commonly accepted types by all recreational dispensaries, no matter what state you live in.

What is Considered Valid Proof of Age?

In order to buy and consume cannabis in Colorado, you must be at least 21 years old. If you don’t have photo identification that proves your age, you may still be able to show proof of age if it includes your birthdate. In Colorado, valid forms of proof of age include: Valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card issued by another U.S. state, Canada or Mexico.

Where Should I Go to Buy Marijuana?

Like any purchase, it’s always smart to shop around. Different dispensaries will have different strains and different prices, so if you have time when in town, it can be worth checking out more than one shop. You may find something way better suited for your needs than what is available at other recreational stores. Medical marijuana is also generally cheaper! You can use Weedmaps to find a nearby dispensary. They’ll show you reviews, pictures, and menus. You can search by price or location as well.

Tips for Your First Time Buying Weed at a Retail Store

Not every state allows people to purchase marijuana legally, but Colorado is among those that do. In order to purchase cannabis in states that have legalized marijuana, you’ll need two things: a valid photo ID and/or an official form of medical marijuana documentation — essentially proof that your doctor recommends weed for therapeutic reasons. (You can get more information about getting a card at Leafly). You’ll also need cash; while some dispensaries take credit cards, many do not. Finally, have an idea of what kind of product you want before you go into the store.