The passage of Proposition 64 in 2016 made California the sixth state to allow the recreational use of cannabis. Yet nearly two-and-a-half years into cannabis legalization, many Californians are still choosing to see a cannabis doctor. But why?
California Municipalities Vs. Recreational Cannabis Sales
The truth is, there are 332 California municipalities that have full bans on cannabis activities. Here are the stats as of May 2018:
- 14% s allow recreational cannabis dispensaries.
- 19% sanction recreational marijuana deliveries inside their borders.
- 20% permit storefront medical cannabis dispensaries.
- 32% authorize MMJ delivery.
These numbers may change as legalization progresses but, as you can see, you’re clearly more likely to obtain legal cannabis with a medical marijuana recommendation.
Benefits of Being a Medical Cannabis Patient
You enjoy several perks that just don’t apply to recreational users.
- Increased possession limits for all forms of cannabis.
- Potential exemption from state and local sales taxes.
- Less restrictive purchase limits at dispensaries and on cannabis delivery orders.
- Increased access to cannabis (as mentioned).
- Medical dispensaries offer first time patient (FTP) deals, which recreational users can’t receive.
- In some municipalities, you can grow more plants.
- Cannabis remains illegal for anyone under 21. If you are, you must get a MMJ card to legally partake.*
- Simple and dedicated medical service; with NuggMD there is no cost to find out if you qualify.
(*Because of Measure BB, backed and passed by Weedmaps, Santa Ana medical cannabis patients under the age of 21 cannot purchase cannabis without their parents’ or guardians’ presence.)
Medical Marijuana I.D. Cards
MMICs, or medical marijuana identification cards, are different than medical marijuana recommendations. A MMIC registers you in a state-run database for easy verification without the need for personal info like address, Social Security or phone number. All that’s required is the card number.
MMICs are protected by HIPPA regulations so your info won’t appear in background checks or elsewhere. Additionally, a state MMJ ID card is the only way to obtain a state, and sometimes local, sales tax exemption.
Patients who can’t afford to pay the MMIC fee (now limited to $100 or less) can apply for a waiver. Those on Medi-Cal can receive their state-issued cards for $50 or less.
Medical Marijuana Recommendations
MMJ recs are by far the most common and preferred option of cannabis patient identification; most never obtain a MMIC and simply opt for a rec. All of the above MMIC benefits still apply, except for the sales tax. Recommendations are also not registered or stored in any state databases and covered under HIPPA.
A medical marijuana recommendation through NuggMD costs a mere $39, or $59 for it plus a wallet-sized cannabis photo ID card (a more convenient way to carry).
Applying for Your Medical Marijuana Recommendation Is Easy!
NuggMD has used their experience as the nation’s largest telemedicine service to provide the most simplified, affordable and streamlined service at the lowest possible price. They connect you to a registered cannabis doctor from any internet connected device with a camera, anywhere. Plus, you’ll only be charged if the doctor believes MMJ is right for you.
The average online process takes about 15-25 minutes, but take all the time you need with the doctor until you’re comfortable with medical cannabis. When approved, you instantly receive your recommendation via email, which you can immediately use to order from Nugg, until the hard copy comes in a few days.
Nugg Is Committed to You
NuggMD’s services don’t end after your recommendation. You also have access to a team of trained and incredibly knowledgeable cannabis concierges who will help you better understand how cannabis can meet your medical needs and improve your life.
Why such hands-on service? Because NuggMD’s founders believe you are the lynchpin of the cannabis community. “Anyone can provide ordinary services and try to cash in on the new green rush. Most of those companies won’t be here 10 years from now because they don’t recognize that the most important part of the cannabis industry isn’t the cannabis – it’s the cannabis consumer. After all, good cannabis isn’t hard to find anymore, but good customer service is.”
Find out for yourself why over 250,000 Californians have trusted NuggMD to service their MMJ needs and visit them online now!