If you’re on the fence about getting a medical marijuana card, weighing the pros and cons can help you make up your mind.
There are a variety of financial, cultivation, health, legal, and wellness advantages to having a medical marijuana card, and if you have one and are stopped by authorities in your home state, you won’t face any consequences for being in possession of medical marijuana.
In addition, the cost of using cannabis for medical purposes is lower. Depending on where you call home, it’s legal for medical marijuana patients in some US states to get their green thumbs dirty by growing their own cannabis at home. Negative aspects of having a medical marijuana card include the inability to legally purchase a firearm, driving restrictions, and the necessity to pay both an initial application fee and an annual renewal fee; Owning, possessing, purchasing, shipping, or receiving firearms and ammunition is illegal for users of Schedule I substances like cannabis, heroin, LSD, peyote, ecstasy, and meth. Unfortunately, federal law prohibits cannabis users, whether for recreational or medical purposes, from possessing firearms or ammunition. All 50 states have made it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis. A commercial driver’s license cannot be issued to anyone who tests positive for THC. If you break the law, you risk getting a ticket, getting arrested, losing your license, or all of the above. Drunk driving laws now include drugged driving as a serious offense. Note that health insurance companies are not required to cover the costs associated with medical cannabis. Some states offer reduced or waived fees for patients who can prove they are low-income. It’s important to consider the benefits and drawbacks of getting a medical marijuana card in light of your individual circumstances.