Since the legalization of cannabis in different parts of the country, the surge in the number of people getting a medical cannabis card has been astonishing. The administration is receiving hundreds and thousands of applications for an MMJ card in every legal state, every single day. And the moment the herb becomes legal in a new state, the sightings of long lines outside marijuana clinics become quite common.
But have you ever wondered why so many people are applying for a cannabis card?
Well, one reason is pretty obvious. Cannabis is still not legal at the federal level. And in most states, it is legal only for medicinal use, where you must have this card to use it.
But that’s obviously not it. In fact, there are many more benefits of having a medical marijuana card that apply to a recreational state too. And in this article, we’re going to discuss them all in detail.
So, let’s begin.
The one thing you should be clear with if you are thinking of using cannabis for any reason is that the herb doesn’t come cheap. And if you are a regular user, which you definitely are if you are a medical user, the burn in your pocket can be huge.
A cannabis card, however, can help you a lot here.
In a recreational state, there is always a differentiation between a normal marijuana user and a medical user. A medical user is given several benefits over others in terms of affordability.
First of all, if you have an MMJ card, you won’t have to pay several taxes and other duties that recreational users cannot dodge. And these taxes can go up to 25 to 30 percent in certain states, which means you are directly getting a discount of this much percentage.
Secondly, many cannabis dispensaries come up with various offers every now and then, especially for medicinal users.
So, combining everything, you may save up to around 40 to 50 percent while buying cannabis if you have a medical marijuana card.
When we are talking about medical cannabis, the dosage is extremely important. And many marijuana patients need a stronger product to help them alleviate their symptoms. However, when you are buying cannabis as a recreational user, there is a limit on how much THC you can buy.
Don’t get me wrong- the limit is of course there on medical users also. You cannot just get whatever you want if you are a patient. But the limit on medical users is often a lot higher. For instance, in California, a package of lotions or tinctures can have 1000mg of cannabinoids for recreational users. However, if you are a medical user, you can buy a product having double the amount. In the case of edibles too, a recreational serving can have only 10mg of THC, while for medicinal purposes, you can have up too 20mg.
However, keep in mind that these limits may vary from state to state.
In addition to potency limits, you can also purchase and possess higher quantities than recreational users if you have an MMJ card. In California, a medical cardholder can buy up to 2000mg of cannabinoids in a single go and can possess up to 8 ounces at any given time. The limits are much lesser for recreational users. Furthermore, many dispensaries keep some stock in reserve just for medical cardholders, for any emergencies.
If you are living in a recreational state, to buy marijuana legally, you must be above the age of 21. However, if you have a medical cannabis card, you can buy cannabis even if you are underage. This is great for people under 21 who want to use marijuana to treat a medical condition.
But hey, we still have a lower age limit.
In all cannabis-friendly states, you need to be at least 18 years of age to get an MMJ card. This age limit is important considering the safety of the kids. Cannabis, keep in mind, is a psychoactive drug. And thus, giving it to kids without any supervision can be dangerous.
However, that doesn’t mean one cannot use cannabis under 18. Almost all states with a medical cannabis program allow even children to use medical cannabis if they have a condition that the herb can treat. However, in that case, they must have a primary caregiver who is above the age of 21. They will get the card on the child’s behalf. And they will be responsible for buying cannabis for them and giving them the required dosage.
Let me clear it the first thing- not every state with a medical cannabis program allows MMJ cardholders to grow marijuana at home. But there are many that do. In some states, you can grow it only if there is no dispensary within around 25 miles radius from the place you live in. And if you live in a recreational state, the laws may allow you to grow more than a recreational user if you have a medical card. As I said before that cannabis isn’t cheap. So this extra growing limit is really useful for medicinal users who cannot afford to buy regularly from a dispensary.
In the state of California, being a recreational user, you can only grow up to six plants at a time. On the other hand, an MMJ cardholder can grow up to 99 plants if they have a grower license.
You should keep in mind that not everyone can get a medical cannabis card. As the name suggests, this card is only for the people who are suffering from a medical ailment that cannabis can help them manage. Also, the list of ailments that can qualify you for this card may vary from state to state. So, if you have a condition, make sure it qualifies you for the card in your state before you apply for it.
Here is the process you’ll need to go through to obtain an MMJ card:
That’s it! The process is really this simple. So get your MMJ card now and enjoy all the benefits associated with it.