Why get your medical card when it seems the legalization of recreational cannabis is on the horizon?

Other states that have reversed cannabis prohibition have seen a surge in medical certification, even after cannabis is legalized for recreational use. Many patients are wondering if and why they should renew their certification, believing that legalization is closer than ever. Saving the yearly fees may seem beneficial at first glance, but products tend to cost substantially more when purchased recreationally. Let’s look at the top four advantages to medical certification in a recreational market – potency, availability, quality, and cost.

CBD/THC Potency & Content

Medicinal Marijuana certifications mean that a consumer can purchase products containing a higher potency of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD. Medical cannabis potencies are targeted towards treating specific symptoms, and some of these ratios are not available for recreational purchase.

Access & Availability

There will always be more access to medical cannabis products as the government (and society in general) will prioritize the availability of medicinal products over recreational. Medical patients will be able to access products with much more ease. In addition to this, certification allows for those under 18 years of age to use cannabis to treat their ailments. Cannabis can be consumed in many forms and dosages, with innovative products being introduced constantly. Many of these options and innovations are sold strictly for medicinal use only, while others may initially be introduced to the market exclusively for patients. For example, in some states, edibles can only be purchased with a certification.


A main factor for many patients, is of course the quality of the product. Any product purchased from a dispensary will be high-quality, however there is typically a noticeable difference between recreational and medicinal products, even of the same strain. Medical cannabis has stricter regulations, endures more testing, and must be completely transparent when it comes to content. Because of its use to combat a multitude of symptoms, patients need to know they will be achieving the desired effects, or it can put them at greater health risk. Recreational Cannabis on the other hand does not carry the same regulations or risks, and quality may suffer due to processors rushing to meet demand.


Many patients are surprised to find out that medical certification is the more cost-effective option. Despite appointment costs and fees from the state, medical card holders save money in the long run. This is because taxes on recreational cannabis can sometimes double the amount of taxes charged on medical product. In addition, dispensaries sometimes inflate prices for recreational users. These factors result in a substantial difference in out of pocket costs, especially over the course of a year.

What Are You Waiting For?

There is sure to be a rush of patients looking to get certified should recreational cannabis be implemented. If you’ve been diagnosed with one of the states qualifying conditions or symptoms, don’t delay… Join the thousands who already have their card! Call Compassionate Certification Centers at 888-316-9085 and we will walk you through each step of the process. Our Cannabis Consultants will speak with you confidentially to address any questions or concerns you may have. Not sure if you qualify? We will review your medical records prior to making an appointment. You can also utilize our web-chat feature while you browse our services and products on our website at www.compassionatecertificationcenters.com, or stop by any of our convenient locations to speak to a specialist.

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