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Cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 drug by the DEA. Still, many states have legalized medical marijuana. In a legalized state, you require a medical 420 card to use marijuana for medical purposes, pain relief, anti-anxiety effects, boosting sleep, etc.
So, what are the major reasons you should get a card? What kind of benefits you will get. Read on to learn more.
Despite the federal ban, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states currently. California legalized it in 1996 and became the first US state to do so.
If you are living in a marijuana legalized state, you can get a medical 420 card from a licensed doctor. This allows you to buy cannabis products legally. You can find a dispensary near you.
If you are already using marijuana without an MMJ card, you are breaking the law. So, speak to a board-certified doctor to get the card.
What about purchasing medical marijuana amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Yes, going out is full of risks. So, we advise you to opt for ordering cannabis online. A quick Google search can help you with a list of medical dispensaries offering home delivery services.
However, before placing an order, you should ensure that your dispensary is following all the COVID-19 safety measures, such as sanitizing the delivery packets, accepting online payments, monitoring the health of their delivery people, etc.
Medical marijuana users can get high-potency cannabis products for managing their symptoms effectively with a medical 420 card. At medical dispensaries, a wide range of flowers, edibles, concentrates, tinctures, and oils with different levels of CBD and THC are available. So, you can get cannabis as per your requirements.
In California, recreational users over 21 years of age can buy and possess up to 1 ounce of dried adult-use cannabis and up to 8g of concentrated marijuana. Recreational users can buy 8 ounces of marijuana per day.
On the other hand, medical users and caregivers can possess up to 8 ounces of dried or concentrated marijuana.
Recreational users usually smoke cannabis to get high. But, medical users consume the herb for managing their conditions, such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, etc. So, patients require high-strength cannabis for alleviating their symptoms.
It’s important to note that not all cannabis legalized states have the same potency limits for medical users. The regulations may vary from state to state.
Another benefit of getting a medical marijuana card is that you can save dollars on cannabis purchases. That means you can get your medicine for lower cost, thus making healthcare affordable for you.
For buying adult-use cannabis, you have to pay excise tax (15 percent), city tax (8-10 percent), and sales and use tax (up to 7.25-11 percent depending on location). However, medical users can save money on taxes.
For instance, in Colorado, medical users are exempted from retail marijuana tax (10 percent) and excise tax (15 percent). However, recreational users have to pay these taxes.
Unlike recreational users, medical users need not be at least 21 years old. In California, you must be at least 18 years old to get an MMJ card. However, the age laws may vary from state to state. Some states allow medical users who are age 20 to access licensed dispensaries.
What about medical marijuana for minors? Can you access cannabis if you are under 18? Yes! But, there are some restrictions. Some states require minors to have their caregivers (at least 18 years of age) register as medical users on their behalf. Again, the laws may vary depending on the state you are living in. So, make sure you check the local laws.
There are many stories of children using marijuana. For example, Coltyn Turner, a Crohn’s disease sufferer, benefited from marijuana use. He said that with marijuana use, he felt like a normal kid in the first week. “I’d rather be illegally alive than legally dead.” – Coltyn Turner.
Growing your own plants allows you to produce high-quality cannabis. So, you can produce your own medicine based on your requirements. Moreover, homegrown cannabis is affordable than what’s available in the dispensaries.
With a medical marijuana card, you can cultivate up to 6 mature or 12 immature plants at home. However, your caregiver can cultivate cannabis plants on your behalf, but can’t use or sell cannabis produced for you.
On the other hand, recreational users are allowed to grow a maximum of 6 plants regardless of maturity level.
If you want to expand your grow limit, you can apply for a medical marijuana grower’s license. With the license, you can cultivate up to 99 plants.
So, never run out of flowers, thus avoiding the need of rushing to the dispensary, especially during the night.
To get a medical marijuana card, you must be diagnosed by a condition listed in your state’s MMJ qualifying conditions. Every state has its own list. For example, the California medical cannabis qualifying conditions’ list includes-
For a complete list, you can check California Proposition 215.
With telemedicine, you can see a doctor online to get an MMJ card. The process is simple and takes less than 10 minutes-
Marijuana use has lots of health benefits, such as anxiety, pain and inflammation relief, managing insomnia, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. Medical use of cannabis is now legal in 33 states. To access medical dispensaries legally, you require an MMJ recs signed by a licensed doctor.
Some of the major reasons you should apply for a medical 420 card in 2020 are—age relaxations, access to high potency cannabis, legal permission to grow cannabis plants for personal use, and tax saving. Without the card, you will be considered as a recreational user and can’t access these benefits. So, become a medical user and make a major difference in your life today.