Keeping Your Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland

Maryland recently passed legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. This means that starting in July 2023, adults 21 and over will be able to purchase cannabis products without a medical card. However, there are still many benefits to keeping your medical marijuana card as a Maryland patient. Here are some top reasons to hold onto your card:

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Tax Savings

One major perk of a medical card is the tax savings. Recreational marijuana will be subject to a 6% sales tax in Maryland. With a medical card, patients do not have to pay any sales tax on their cannabis purchases. For frequent consumers, these savings really add up over time.

Possession Allowances

Maryland medical marijuana patients are permitted to possess up to a 90-day supply of cannabis. Recreational users will be limited to possessing up to 1.5 ounces. For patients needing more to manage their conditions, the higher possession limit with a medical card is critical.

Under 21 Access

The recreational program is limited to adults 21 and over. However, medical marijuana patients only need to be 18+ to qualify. So if you or a loved one requires cannabis for medical purposes but is under 21, a patient card is necessary.

Dispensary Access

Initially after legalization, only licensed medical dispensaries will be approved for recreational sales. Holding a medical card will ensure you have access right away. More recreational-only stores could take time to open.

Product Variety

Medical dispensaries may offer more products and unique offerings tailored for patients. These can include special CBD-rich options, tinctures, topicals, and more. Recreational stores might have fewer options available, especially at first.

Lower Prices

Due to additional taxes and regulations, recreational cannabis tends to be priced higher than medical products. Patients can save money buying the same products they’re used to but without recreational markups.

Keeping your medical marijuana certification active continues to provide Maryland patients with advantages even after legalization. Be sure to weigh the benefits with your personal needs and usage. Many find the unlimited access, tax savings, and product diversity make a medical card worthwhile long-term.

Maryland Bloom Dispensary:

As of July 1st, 2023, Bloom is happy to be able to serve both Medical Marijuana Patients and Recreational Customers at our Germantown Dispensary! Whether you’re a blunt enthusiast or a joint aficionado, our dispensary in Germantown, Maryland has a curated selection of premium cannabis products and rolling essentials waiting for you.