Is a Med Card Necessary? What Benefits Are There in Getting a Medical Marijuana Card?

Aug 26, 2022 | Colorado Laws, News

Colorado has legalized the recreational use of marijuana for people over the age of 21. That means a medical marijuana card is not necessary. Medical marijuana cards may offer certain perks to holders, but a quality recreational marijuana dispensary will deliver excellent cannabis products.

A medical card requires a doctor’s recommendation and is commonly used for specific conditions, such as chronic pain, Alzheimer’s disease, glaucoma, nausea, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, PTSD, arthritis, etc. A doctor will evaluate the potential benefits of marijuana and issue a medical card if necessary.

People looking for overall well-being, pain relief for minor problems, relaxation, and a calmer outlook on life can get the best cannabis from recreational dispensaries without the need for a medical card.

Our Mountain Annie’s dispensaries in Western Colorado are recreational dispensaries. You can get helpful, professional advice from our budtenders, who will guide you through dozens of marijuana strains until you find the one that best fits your wellness goals.

What Are the Benefits of a Medical Marijuana Card?

You Can Buy More Marijuana

Medical card owners can get more marijuana in a single purchase compared to recreational users. They are also allowed to grow more plants for personal consumption in their home, according to Colorado state law.

You Can Buy Higher-Potency Marijuana

Medical dispensaries carry some marijuana strains with higher THC potencies. Medical card holders have access to such cannabis strains to help them deal with their particular medical conditions.

The Age Requirement Is Lower

While recreational marijuana is available to anyone over the age of 21, medical marijuana holders have access to cannabis if they are over 18.

Marijuana Products That Are Monitored

Cannabis and marijuana products sold in medical dispensaries are processed according to stricter rules compared to recreational marijuana. Cannabis products in medical dispensaries often undergo stringent controls and their quality may be more closely overseen.

Of course, this is not to say that recreational marijuana dispensaries sell poorer-quality products. Indeed, since their reputation depends on their product quality, they can be even more diligent when it comes to controlling the quality of the cannabis products they sell.

Medical Marijuana Is Cheaper

Medical marijuana is not subject to excise taxes and may, therefore, be cheaper than recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is subject to standard taxes, while recreational cannabis is taxed at an extra 15% in Colorado for retail sales. This makes medical marijuana potentially cheaper than recreational cannabis.

Having said that, recreational dispensaries often run special sales and have reward schemes, as a result of which you can end up paying more at a medical dispensary.

Your Medical Card Could Be Accepted in Other States

A Colorado-issued medical card may be accepted in other states, depending on each state’s laws. Colorado generally accepts some states’ medical cards.

This helps if you travel and want to buy medical marijuana in another state: your medical card gives you access to medical dispensaries beyond Colorado. You should always check before traveling, though, whether your destination state accepts a Colorado-issued medical marijuana card.

Why a Medical Card Is Not Necessary

Despite these potential benefits, a medical card is not necessary for you to enjoy the benefits of marijuana as long as you are over 21 years of age.

You Can Buy Plenty of Cannabis at a Recreational Dispensary

You can buy up to 1 ounce of retail marijuana or 800mg of THC in one single purchase per day. Bearing in mind that average THC consumption hovers around 40 to 50mg per day, the 800mg threshold is well above your daily needs.

A recreational dispensary covers all your THC needs and delivers all the potential benefits of THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenes.

You Have Plenty of Choices in a Recreational Dispensary

A good recreational dispensary carries many cannabis brands and dozens, if not hundreds, of weed strains. You have numerous choices and only need to ask your budtender to help you find the cannabis strains that best match your needs.

Some strains are more relaxing, others are uplifting, while others help with concentration. Some may help create a feeling of wellness and a general feeling of satisfaction, which are perfect for a lazy morning or afternoon.

You don’t need to go to a medical dispensary to find multiple marijuana choices: a quality recreational dispensary like Mountain Annie’s will cover all your needs!

THC Potency Has Increased across the Board

Marijuana growers have selectively grown cannabis strains to produce strains with high THC potency for years. While 50 years ago THC potency didn’t exceed 15%, it is now common to find marijuana strains that contain over 20 or even 25% THC. A higher THC potency may increase marijuana’s unwelcome side effects, so it can be counterproductive.

You don’t need to go to a medical dispensary to find high-potency cannabis. Well-stocked recreational dispensaries like Mountain Annie’s have plenty of high-THC strains to satisfy your needs.

Choose a Quality Recreational Dispensary

When it comes to product quality, good recreational dispensaries will stock high-quality products that carry tests and are produced by responsible cannabis growers. Sometimes, recreational dispensaries even grow their own marijuana to fully monitor the process of production and harvest.

A good dispensary will check several aspects, including product quality, packaging, labeling, and production method. Many of our cannabis products are grown in Colorado by local cannabis farmers. The brands we carry are reputable and have excellent quality.

Therefore, there is no need to carry a medical card to get quality marijuana. You only need to step into a good recreational dispensary and ask the budtenders about their suggestions. You can also ask where the cannabis was grown, how it was harvested, and whether it has been tested for heavy metals and chemicals.

Armed with that knowledge, you can be certain that you’re buying the highest-quality marijuana.

Mountain Annie’s Is a Recreational Dispensary

Our dispensaries in Durango, Cortez, Ridgway, and Silverton are all recreational dispensaries that don’t require a medical card. As long as you are over 21 years old, you can step in and purchase marijuana within the limits set by the State of Colorado.

We carry hundreds of products from dozens of cannabis growers and manufacturers. We only sell the best marijuana and are certain of the quality and potency of our products.

Visit our website and order your marijuana products online if you want to shop at your own pace. You can then pick up your order from one of our four locations, open Monday to Sunday, 8:00 am-8:00 pm. Or drop by in person to meet our helpful budtenders and choose the best product for you. We are always happy to meet you and help you choose the best product for you!

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