What Are the Benefits of a Medical Cannabis Card in Legal States?

As states across the nation begin to fully legalize adult-use cannabis, many may be wondering what this means for the medical cannabis dispensaries and card holders. What does it mean to be a medical cannabis patient in a world where anyone can walk into a recreational dispensary, present their state ID, and legally purchase cannabis?

Is the hassle of visiting a doctor for a medical card still worth it? Are there any real benefits?

The answer is yes—there are many real benefits for medical cannabis card holders. From dosage to access and affordability, patients will find plenty of support for their ongoing care on the medical side of cannabis legality.

Lower Costs & Taxes

A major benefit offered by many states’ medical dispensaries is lower cost for patients, which is extremely important for people who rely on cannabis for medical issues. Imagine needing life-improving medication, but not having it covered by your insurance—that is the reality of medical cannabis patients all over the country.

Now imagine your medicine was also highly taxed and thus very expensive since it also doubled as a recreational joy for many people—that would be the reality of patients if they only had access to recreational dispensaries.

Medical cannabis dispensaries allow concessions for patients that recreational shops do not. An example of this can be seen in Colorado, where medical cannabis patients avoid the 10% retail marijuana tax and 15% excise tax that recreational dispensary costumers must pay.

Medical cards allow patients to have access to their medicine for lower cost, making their healthcare more affordable and accessible.

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Everything you need to know about medical marijuana in Missouri

Since medical marijuana was passed in Amendment 2 last year, there’s been a lot of change in Missouri already. Marijuana is now legal for those with a qualifying medical condition, and the legalization is bringing business, new rules and more changes to Springfield and Missouri.

Here’s everything you should know:

What does a medical marijuana card do?
A qualifying patient card will allow a patient to enter licensed dispensaries and possess and consume medical cannabis in keeping with Missouri law.
Dispensaries are expected to open in mid-2020. But currently, patients with medical marijuana cards issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services may consume or possess marijuana, and they may grow it if they have a cultivation authorization from the department. There’s no legal way to buy or sell marijuana in Missouri before those licensed dispensaries open.

By law, patients and caregivers are required to have their medical marijuana ID card available when purchasing or in possession of medical marijuana.

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