If recreational cannabis gets legalized in Ohio, some patients may wonder whether they still need their medical marijuana card. But maintaining your status as a registered patient will provide important benefits even after adult-use laws take effect.
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Reasons to Get a Medical Marijuanas Card in Ohio
Better Dispensary Deals
Medical marijuana patients often get exclusive access to discounts, bulk pricing, loyalty rewards programs, and other dispensary deals that recreational consumers won’t. By keeping your card, you could save 20% or more on your cannabis purchases versus recreational users paying full retail pricing. Dispensaries prioritize cost savings for registered patients.
Registered medical marijuana patients in Ohio currently pay standard local sales tax only, around 5-7.5%. However, potential recreational sales may be subject to an additional 10% or higher excise tax.
Most recreational states still exempt medical cannabis from these extra taxes. But details in Ohio remain uncertain.
By renewing your medical card annually, you can ensure you remain classified as a patient. This likely guarantees you’ll continue enjoying low medical tax rates rather than facing new recreational taxes.
Maintaining your enrollment in the medical program is the best way to secure protections from extra taxes on your medicine. Until recreational plans are finalized, renewal provides tax clarity and savings.
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Higher Possession Limits
Ohio’s medical marijuana laws allow patients to legally possess a 45-day supply, as recommended by their doctor. But recreational laws often set lower possession limits, such as 1-2 ounces. By retaining your medical status, you’re allowed higher limits for your personal supply.
The legal age for recreational use will likely be set at 21. However, minors can still qualify for medical marijuana if they have a qualifying condition, along with a caregiver’s supervision. Renewing a minor’s card ensures continued legal access.
Wider Product Selection
Many dispensaries cater first and foremost to their registered medical patients. This means medical consumers may have access to more specialized products, unique strains, higher potency options, and other inventory that recreational users won’t.
If you’re ever questioned by law enforcement, a current medical marijuana card immediately proves that you legally obtained the cannabis in your possession. It provides concrete documentation of your patient status versus just claiming recreational use.
Once adult-use sales launch, recreational supply may be tight as producers adapt to new demand. But renewing your card guarantees you’ll have access to medical marijuana.
Ongoing Doctor Guidance
To renew your card, you must have follow-up visits with your certifying physician. This allows them to monitor your treatment progress and provide dosage guidance as your needs change over time.
Getting (Or Renewing) Your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card
Until laws change, having your Medical Marijuana Card remains the best way to stay on the right side of the law in Ohio. For our MMJ patients and blog readers in Ohio, Bloom wants to help make the process of getting or renewing your MMJ card a bit easier.
How to Get a Medical Marijuanas Card in Ohio Online
Ohio residents with qualifying conditions can get certified for medical cannabis through a convenient online process. All it takes is booking a virtual appointment with a state-licensed physician through a certified telemedicine platform. During the virtual visit, the doctor will review your medical history, evaluate your condition, and determine if medical marijuana is appropriate. If approved, you’ll receive digital access to an e-card straight away and the official card will arrive in the mail within a few weeks.
Online certification makes getting a medical marijuana card in Ohio easy, fast, and affordable without leaving your home. Simply search for an approved telehealth provider, schedule a virtual consult, and their physicians will handle the rest.
Bloom Ohio is here to help guide you through the process of applying for your Ohio Medical Marijuana Card.
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