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MMIC vs MMJ Recommendation

 

The state of California provides its residents with two legal means of purchasing, possessing, and using medical cannabis. They are Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC), or Medical Marijuana Card. What are the differences between these two, if any? Let’s check them out:

 

  • California Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) is a state-issued card, which supposedly means that its holders have more rights and protection. The information about all MMIC issued is easily verifiable, as any police officer in California has access to it. Medical Marijuana recommendation is not a card actually, it is only a doctor’s recommendation that states that this particular patient needs cannabis for medical reasons. So, if you forget this paper and get caught with pot, you can get arrested.
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  • MMIC owners are not supposed to pay taxes when purchasing marijuana, again, because the card is issued by the state. The state tax is 7.5%, which makes a difference for lots of Medical Marijuana users. On the contrary, the qualified patients with the 420 doctor’s rec will be charged extra money by the California state.
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  • At the same time, the price of the medical marijuana card roars up to 100 dollars, and the time to obtain it is much longer than the time you’ll spend to get the Medical Cannabis recommendation. Moreover, the 420 recommendation will cost you no more than $30-65.
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  • Medical Marijuana Identification Card holders have the right to grow more than 6 plants, but only after they get the special doctor’s recommendations. Medical Marijuana qualified patients without the card can grow no more than 6 plants at a time.
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Still, the similarities between these two are more significant:

 

  • According to Senate Bill 420, all Medical Marijuana card owners can possess as much weed as they need due to their health issues; buy up to eight oz. per day of the dried product, twelve immature of six adult plants.
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  • According to proposition 215, a.k.a. the Compassionate Use Act, all qualified patients, which means those who have the medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation, can legally buy and possess the same amounts of cannabis as the MMIC holders.
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To conclude, the most important advantage of the MMIC is that it is backed by the local government and gives you the feeling of more protection from being arrested. Yet, while having the doctor’s rec with you, you have nothing to worry about, too.

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