Marijuana has been legal for recreational use for years in Colorado. But did you know it was legal for medical use far earlier? Medical marijuana was legalized in 2000, 12 years before it became legal for recreational use. Though it’s legal to buy marijuana from your favorite weed shops in Denver if you’re over the age of 21, many people still prefer to get their medical card from the state. This helps you save money on taxes at the counter and gives you access to more products across the board. But how do you go about getting a med card? Here’s what you need to know.
You Need to See a Doctor
Med cards are given out for valid medical purposes. This means you’ll need to see a doctor to receive a diagnosis and documentation that marijuana is the best way to treat and manage your symptoms. Not all doctors are willing to do this, even if you have a qualifying medical condition. You may need to search for cannabis-friendly physicians in and around the greater Denver area.
You Also Have to Be a Resident
Sorry, out-of-state college kids…you won’t qualify for a medical card unless you’re a Colorado resident. Otherwise, you’ll just have to buy recreational marijuana. If you are a resident, you’ll need to have a valid Colorado ID to complete the application. Luckily, if you’re a Colorado resident, you’re eligible to apply for a medical card if you’re over 18. For applicants younger than 18, you need parental consent.
Applications Are Done Online
Thankfully, the state makes it easy to fill everything out online. After you see your doctor and get the necessary certification, you’ll need to enter that information on your application along with your personal details. Once this is done, you’ll need to pay a $25 processing fee. Unfortunately, the fee is non-refundable, but you can pay with a credit or debit card—no need to send a personal check to the state.
What Your Med Card Gets You
When you buy cannabis at your favorite dispensary as a recreational user, you’re subject to higher costs. Strictly speaking, you’ll pay more for the same products and pay higher taxes on every purchase. With a medical card, you’re eligible for a lower tax rate and may get lower pricing at some dispensaries for the products you use most. Of course, every dispensary is different. If you have questions about the details, reach out and ask them.
Is It Worth It?
Ultimately, deciding to apply for a medical card is a personal choice. If you do, it will be on your state record and this could impact your ability to get life insurance in the future. But if you use cannabis to manage symptoms of a certain health condition, it may be worth the investment. Should you decide not to get your medical card, don’t worry—you’ll still be able to buy products as a recreational user.
Stop byyou local Denver dispensary
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