A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RECREATIONAL AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA
- November 21, 2018
Back in 2012, Colorado officially became the 1st U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana, but, long before this time, the little green plant was permitted for medical use by individuals who met the criteria for specific medical conditions and problems. However, as more states follows in the metaphorical footsteps of Colorado and its companion Washington, the system of recreational marijuana consumption has become popularly known as “recreational” or “adult-only” use that is not used for the purpose of alleviating a medical problem. However, besides the purpose of use, what specifically differentiates medical-grade cannabis and recreational cannabis? Are there some features we were not initially aware of? Let’s take a closer look at the unique features of these two varieties today.
Overall, the processes of shopping for medical marijuana and shopping for recreational marijuana are pretty much the same. As part of the system, patients are required to present a legal photo ID to provide proof of age and show their medical cannabis card. Likewise, product lineups are significantly similar, featuring a range of items including flowers, buds, vaporizers, topicals, edibles, drinkables, and more. Frequently, recreational dispensaries are not allowed to provide medical advice to their customers, but medical marijuana patients can still shop at these locations. Typically, dual-licensed shops and medical stores are the best options for people seeking the drug for health problems.
However, medical marijuana patients have a wider range of options than recreational users. Typically, individuals who use pot for medical purposes can receive:
- Lower product cost
- Lower taxes
- Access to products with higher THC limits
- Larger limits on quantities
- Legal access for minors (for medical purposes)
- Permission to grow plants at home (larger quantities than recreational users)
Perhaps one of the greatest dividing lines between recreational and medical marijuana is the public perception of the plant. Despite the fact that many states have legalized recreational use, smoking weed in public is still frowned upon in many locations across the country. Likewise, user perceptions can also change, as some people who start out as recreational users may experience health benefits from marijuana (ultimately changing to medical users).
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