In today’s time, when cannabis is legal in 33 states of the US, the benefits of the herb aren’t really unknown to the general public. In fact, it is clear with the very fact that there are more than 3 million people in the country who are using the herb for one reason or another.
But is using cannabis actually all light and shiny?
Well, maybe not.
Yes, there are many benefits to using the herb, as it’s an effective aid against a myriad of medical issues. However, in most marijuana-friendly states, to use the herb legally, you need to have a medical cannabis card. And while this card has several benefits, 420 doctors say there are drawbacks to it too. In this article, we’ll be discussing both these aspects in detail.
Benefits of an MMJ Card
1. Protection From Legal Troubles
Living in a medical-only state? Using cannabis without a medical cannabis card can put you in serious legal trouble. Keep in mind the herb is illegal still at the federal level. And while you may use it in 33 states of the US now, in most of these places, an MMJ card is the difference between freedom and felony.
2. Better Price
Are you fortunate enough to be living in a recreational state? Even here, an MMJ card can be of advantage. And one of the major ones is that you can get your supplies at a lower cost. How? See, there are many taxes that form part of any marijuana product’s cost. However, an MMJ card can save you from some of these taxes. Additionally, you may also get special medical discounts sometimes.
3. Better Quality
As an MMJ user, you may also get a better quality product as compared to a recreational user. Now, it’s not that recreational products aren’t bad. However, a product that is used as medicine is checked more rigorously. And this makes it better and a lot safer for consumption.
4. Lower Age Limits
Another major advantage of being an MMJ user is that you can use cannabis at a lower age as compared to a recreational user. As per the laws, in perhaps every state, you need to be of at least 21 years of age to use cannabis legally. However, if you want to use the herb as a medicine, you can do it as soon as you are 18. All you need to do is visit a 420 doctor and apply for an MMJ card. If you have a qualifying condition, you’ll get it without any trouble.
Drawbacks of an MMJ Card
1. No Firearms
If you are a citizen of the US, as per the second amendment, you can legally keep and bear firearms. However, if you are using marijuana even as a medicine, ATF doesn’t allow you to purchase any kind of firearms.
But hey, we cannot say that this is a very strict rule, as there may be instances where a person applying for an MMJ card already has a weapon. Also, there are states that do not share their MMJ registry with anyone. In these states, you can easily bypass the rule by simply being responsible with both cannabis and your weapon.
2. No Commercial Driving License
Another thing that doesn’t go in your favor if you are a medical marijuana user is that MMJ is forbidden by the Department of Transportation. In simple words, an MMJ card cannot save you your transportation job if you test marijuana positive in a drug test.
3. Annual Renewals
If you are thinking of using cannabis as a medicine seriously, there is one more thing you need to be aware of. It’s that cannabis treatment can sometimes be quite long- even up to several years sometimes. However, an MMJ card is valid only for a limited time (one year, in most places). So, you need to renew it from time to time. While this isn’t a very big issue, for some people, it may be a bit annoying and also an unwanted addition to their annual spendings.
These were some of the most common pros and cons of having an MMJ card. I hope this comparison will help you decide correctly for yourself. But if you still have any questions or confusion, do let us know in the comment section.