If you live in a state where both recreational and medical marijuana are legal, you might not see much point in going through the hassle of getting a medical marijuana card, even if you feel that you qualify for one. After all, it might just not seem like it's necessary when you can legally and easily purchase marijuana without one. However, it's often still worth it to get a medical marijuana prescription card — if you do happen to qualify for one — for the reasons below and more.
You May Pay Lower Prices
For one thing, although there will probably be a cost that goes along with getting your medical marijuana card — such as the cost of your doctor's visit and the cost of submitting your application for your medical marijuana card — you might find that it will be financially beneficial for you in the long run. After all, in some states, medical marijuana patients do not have to pay as much in taxes on their marijuana purchases as recreational purchasers have to pay. Additionally, some dispensaries offer more affordable pricing for their medical marijuana patients, too.
You May Be Able to Buy and Possess More Marijuana At One Time
Depending on the laws in your state, you might be able to possess more marijuana as a medical marijuana cardholder than if you were just a recreational user. If you like to stock up on marijuana products so that you can ensure that you don't run out, this might be your better choice. Then, you can stock up on marijuana products without worrying about getting in legal trouble for having more marijuana than you are legally allowed to possess.
You May Get Preferred Treatment at Your Favorite Dispensaries
Depending on the dispensaries that you visit, there is a good chance that you might get preferred treatment at your favorite dispensaries if you have a medical marijuana card. You might be able to make use of curbside pickup or delivery services that aren't available for recreational customers, for example, or you might be able to go through a faster priority line.
You May Be Able to Use Your Card in Other States
Each state is a little different when it comes to its medical marijuana laws, but there are some states that do allow visitors who have medical marijuana cards in other states to purchase marijuana at their dispensaries. This can really come in handy when you're traveling.