Recreational cannabis purchase, possession and consumption was finally legalized in New Mexico in 2021. Adults aged 21 and above are finally permitted up to two ounces of cannabis and/or up to sixteen grams of cannabis extract. The change in the laws has opened up a great deal of opportunities. There are dozens of dispensaries operating in Albuquerque. They range in size from boutique shops to those chains with locations throughout the state. Each one offers unique advantages. I’ve found that the smaller, family-owned dispensaries provide more personalized service. The budtenders are super friendly, willing to answer questions and happy to offer recommendations. They typically know a great deal about their products. Sometimes, these operations include their own grow facilities and take their cannabis from seed to sale. I like shopping at these boutique stores to discover new strains and innovations. However, their selection tends to be more limited and the prices are generally higher. The bigger, more modern and expensive facilities include all kinds of amenities. They usually provide free parking, an ATM on-site and options such as in-store or curbside pickup. Their loyalty programs are a great way to earn discounts on future purchases. At the bigger dispensaries, I can find the most popular brands and strains. A few feature on-site bakeries, dab bars and vape lounges. I like that a short drive arrives at any of a number of different recreational dispensaries. I can always find the type of cannabis product I’m hoping for. I always have a diversity of flavors, potency and consumption methods to choose from.