What Does Licensed Facility Mean?
A licensed facility is a dispensary where medical cannabis-containing products, and devices for the use of medical cannabis, can be sold to consumers and patients. Such licensed facilities work under state and municipal laws that govern the sale and licensing of medicinal marijuana. Each licensed facility is required to possess the necessary state and local permits to sell medicinal marijuana.
Most people new to using medical marijuana prefer to go through a licensed facility to get their medicine, where they have more of a chance to learn about the different products available to them.
Licensed facilities exist in contrast to illegal dispensaries, or unlicensed facilities that in most cases are operating without having gone through the proper channels to open and serve the public legally and responsibly. As more and more of these "illegal" dispensaries are opening up, law enforcement is having trouble keeping up with shutting them down and many go untouched. Right now, it is buyer beware in the medical marijuana community.