Recreational users will pay a 16% tax at dispensaries. That’s a 10% excise tax plus a 6% Michigan sales tax.
Medical users will only pay a 3% tax. Medical users do not pay the excise tax and have a reduced sales tax of only 3%.
That mean’s your medicine is 10% cheaper when you have a card
STRONGER, HIGHER POTENCY MEDICINE
Medical users will have access to stronger, higher potency, medicine.
That means that with a card, your medicine will have a higher percentage of THC.
Recreational users will only have access to the lower strength medicine with lower THC percentages.
Having your medical marijuana card gives you an extra level of legal protection, as well as extra protection from employers, landlords, etc. Just because marijuana is now recreationally legal, that does not mean your employer or landlord is obligated to allow you to use it. You could still be fired or evicted for marijuana use due to employer or landlord restrictions. You are also more likely to be hassled by law enforcement. Having a medical card gives you an extra layer of protection.
It also gives you the ability to request a release of disclosure, which is an official document from the state which acts as proof of your medical need to use marijuana. While this does not necessarily prevent you from getting into trouble, it definitely helps your chances.
GROW UP TO 72 PLANTS AND CARRY UP TO 15 OUNCES
Without a card, you can only grow 12 plants. You cannot stack rights to grow more than 12 plants per household. That means no matter how many people live in a single residence, a maximum of 12 plants are allowed to be grown on the premises. You can also carry up to 2.5 ounces of cured marijuana outside of the home, and up to 10 ounces (plus 12 plants) inside of the home.
With a card, you can grow up to 72 plants. As a patient you can still grow 12 of your own plants. You can also be assigned a caregiver for up to 5 patients, and grow up to 12 plants per patient. You can stack these rights and therefore legally grow up to 72 plants. You can then carry up to 15 ounces of cured marijuana outside of the home.
IF YOU ARE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE
You must be 21 or older to purchase and use marijuana in the state of Michigan under the recreational use laws.
Medical marijuana cards can be issued to patients of any age.
So, if you are under 21 you need a medical card to purchase and use marijuana.
Patients under 21 with a medical card will also be granted access to dispensaries.
ASSIGN A CAREGIVER FOR DISCOUNTED MEDICINE
As a patient, you have the legal right to grow up to 12 plants. However, you can transfer this right to a “caregiver”. Caregivers often provide a discount on medicine to patients that give them their right to grow 12 plants.
This means that if you have no intention of growing your own marijuana, you should find a caregiver and get discounted medicine. This can save you a lot of money.
IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO DISPENSARIES AND PROVISIONING CENTERS
Recreation users do not currently have access to dispensaries or provisioning centers. They may not have access for several years. Medical card holders enjoy access to dispensaries and provisioning centers.
What’s more, if you use our electronic online application process, you don’t even have to wait for your hard card to arrive in the mail. You will get an email that acts as a temporary card and grants you immediate access to dispensaries and provisioning centers.