At long last, legal recreational marijuana is coming! You might have have it already, depending on which state you live in. It’s definitely time for everyone to rejoice, but it’s not time just yet to throw away your medical card. Your recreational toke comes at a cost: Literally, the price of green is about to go up.

It turns out that if you have a medical card, you should still use it at your local dispensary. The reasons are simple:

Buying anywhere else is going to be more expensive

There are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. The exact numbers aren’t known yet, but you can expect to pay twice as much in tax for recreational marijuana, maybe more! You can bet that as you get your green, the Man will also get his. Luckily, the Man has chosen to take a bit less if you buy medical marijuana, which is cheaper because it doesn’t get slapped with State Sales & City Taxes. So you can expect nearly 10% in savings right off the bat at the minimum. That may not sound like much, but how does every tenth gram being free sound? If you spend on average $50 on marijuana products per month, then you would save almost that much in one year. And in California, you will save on average 14% by using a medical card.

That may not sound like much, but how does every tenth gram being free sound? If you spend on average $50 on marijuana products per month, then you would save almost that much in one year. In California, you will save on average 14% by using a medical card.

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You will have additional legal protections 

Legally, there are benefits to having a medical card. In California for instance, the limits on possession and what you are allowed to grow will be higher. A medical user can have as much cannabis on them as they need for their treatment, and cultivate a 10x10ft space for their personal use. A recreational user has a strict limit of one ounce of flower or 8 grams of concentrate, and cannot cultivate more than 6 plants. 

It will be harder to buy recreational marijuana 

It’s always greener on the other side, so if you want weed now, medical marijuana might be your only option. An upfront fee of $45 for your card will garner you access to all the medical marijuana you need. Recreational use might not be viable until way into 2018, and who wants to wait that long? And if you are under 21, getting a medical card makes even more sense, because you can get one from the age of 18. Recreational weed won’t be sold to anyone under 21.

States that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, as of 2017.
States that have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, as of 2017.

Flying High With Medical Marijuana

This is a secret that many people don’t know about. If you have your medical marijuana card, you may take your medication on some domestic flights between states that allow legal medical marijuana. Be sure to check the exact regulations in the states you intend to travel in, but potentially this party could go on the road! This also covers your ass legally so that you can fly high without the fear of arrests, lawyer fees and even jail time.

Medical vs recreational marijuana: Should I keep my card?

In the battle of medical Vs recreational marijuana purchases, there is one clear winner, for now. So if you are asking yourself the question, the answer is easy. Get a medical card, and if you have one, keep using it.

Want to get your medical card online? Online Medical Card is a great site to do so. Use code LEGAL and you will get $10 off the annual $45 fee. You’re welcome 🙂

By Teresa Green