Faqs About Medical Marijuana Cards And Dispensaries

Posted on: 23 February 2021

If you are dealing with a medical condition, like chronic pain or epilepsy, and your doctor believes that your symptoms would improve with the use of marijuana, they may help you register for a medical marijuana card (MMJ cards). Here are some questions you may have when using this card when you visit a dispensary.

Do You Need Your MMJ Card to Visit a Cannabis Dispensary?

Some dispensaries are qualified to be medical marijuana treatment centers, which means that you need to have an MMJ card in order for them to even be allowed to sell to you. However, some dispensaries cater to both recreational groups and medical groups, so you may not necessarily need to have your MMJ card to buy what you need.

It's beneficial to have your MMJ card with you because it can save you money on your purchase. For example, in Colorado, while retail marijuana is subject to a 15% sales tax and excise tax, medical marijuana is exempt from these charges. These types of exemptions are beneficial for people with long-term illnesses who may need to purchase products regularly to treat their symptoms.

Lastly, it's important to have your MMJ card so that the staff at the dispensary can help you find products best suited to your health needs. Certain delivery methods, like oils or edibles, may be more suitable for certain ailments.

Do You Have to Be Over the Age of 21 to Buy Products at a Dispensary?

While only adults over the age of 21 can purchase recreational marijuana at a dispensary, there are exceptions with medical marijuana. Some states will allow medical marijuana to be distributed to minors as long as they are in the presence of their caregiver and have proof of an MMJ card. Again, the laws can differ slightly from state to state.

Will Your MMJ Card Work in Other States' Dispensaries?

Some states do have reciprocity laws, which means that you could use your MMJ card to buy products in other states dispensaries and reduce the overall cost. However, even if a state has dispensaries for you to visit, it may not have a reciprocity law, so you shouldn't assume that you won't be charged full price while traveling.

Furthermore, while medical marijuana is legal under many state laws, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug in some states, so you could get in trouble if you are purchasing it or have products over the possession limits. Currently, there are 33 states that allow medical marijuana, so it may help to keep a state list handy when you are planning on traveling.

Reach out to a cannabis dispensary in your area for more specifics on MMJ cards and how to use them at different dispensaries.