Twenty years after becoming the first state to legalize medical cannabis with Proposition 215, California passed an initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use. With the passing of Proposition 64, you may be wondering, “should I still get a medical cannabis card near me in 2018?”
You’re probably also wondering where and when you can now legally purchase recreational marijuana. With the initiative being over 60 pages long, it’s difficult to know where to begin looking for answers. Luckily, we’ve done the homework for you and one thing’s for sure: there are numerous benefits to having a medicinal marijuana card in 2018.
Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries Open in January? Wishful Thinking
Despite Prop. 64 set to go into effect in January 2018, this date is just a prediction. Regulation and implementation is a complex process, and getting through all the legal red tape is sure to take a while. Unless you’re prepared to wait an indefinite amount of time, you’ll need a medical marijuana card to legally visit more than 1,000 cannabis dispensaries. Why wait for something you can have now?
21 and Up Recreational Marijuana Use
A medical cannabis card comes with the benefit of a lower age requirement. While you have to be 21 or older to purchase and possess recreational weed, the minimum legal age for obtaining a California medical marijuana card is 18.
More Options, Access and Protection
Even when Prop. 64 does go into effect, access to recreational marijuana will depend largely on individual counties and cities. Each jurisdiction regulates the type of dispensaries and marijuana businesses that can operate within its boundaries. Certain municipalities may have no or few recreational weed shops, but several storefront medical dispensaries and/or MMJ delivery services to choose from.
As a medical marijuana patient you can buy, possess and cultivate (in 100 sq ft space) as much cannabis as necessary for your condition(s) within reason. If you really need more plants, ask the 420 doctor about getting a cultivation license in California. Meanwhile recreational users can only have up to an ounce and grow just six marijuana plants.
Plus, medical marijuana cards in 2018 give protection from police prosecution if you happen to be in public carrying a decent amount of cannabis.
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