Medical marijuana patients can grow plants for their personal use while general adult users are forbidden from growing their own. (Getty Images)
By now you are probably asking,”Why would I go through the trouble of getting a medical card when I can just walk into a dispensary if I’m 21-plus?” Good question! There are three main differences between medical cannabis patients and adult users.
• Medical patients can grow plants for their personal use (or up to 15 plants with a doctor’s permission) while general adult users are forbidden from growing their own.
While there is no state registration fee for a medical cannabis card, you will have to pay doctor’s fees which usually range from about $100 to $250.
Q. I’m thinking of getting a Washington state medical cannabis card. Is there a difference between medical cannabis and recreational/adult-use cannabis in terms of the plant? What else do I need to know about getting a medical card? Signed, Medical Max
Wed., July 24, 2019
Medical marijuana is used for a medical condition. A shop authorized to provide medical marijuana can recommend certain strains and methods of consumption specific to address certain conditions. For instance, joint pain often responds well to cannabis that is higher in CBD. If the patient is concerned about getting high, staff might recommend a CBD-dominant strain. Patients seeking to substitute cannabis for opiods may respond better to a strain higher in THC.
• Recreational users must pay a 37 percent sales tax on cannabis items; it’s less for those with a medical marijuana recognition.
As the market matured, medical cannabis merged with the recreational cannabis market.
"I'm thinking of getting a Washington state medical cannabis card. Is there a difference between medical cannabis and recreational/adult-use cannabis?"