Pros and Cons of Having a Medical Marijuana Card [REVEALED]
June 15, 2017

Pros and Cons of Having a Medical Marijuana Card [REVEALED]

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on June 15, 2017

Pros and Cons Medical Marijuana Card

If you’ve arrived on this page, then you’re probably thinking of getting a medical marijuana card. You’ve probably heard tons of buzz words around the topic including “MMJ Card, Medical Card, 420 evaluation” and more…

The question is, do you REALLY need one?

In this guide, we are going to explain to you what all the fuss is about, and give you the low-down on whether or not you really need one.

Ever since the state of California legalized access to medical marijuana through Prop 215 in 1996, physicians have been given permission to grant their patients access to medical marijuana by writing “recommendations” for its use. Other states have also followed California’s path and currently 29 states can now issue medical cards for specific medical conditions.

Do all doctors give medical marijuana recommendations?

Unfortunately not, not all doctors;

a) Believe in using marijuana as a form of medication.
b) Are willing to write recommendations, especially as marijuana is still classed as a schedule 1 drug.
c) Are permitted by their state to give medical recommendations.

So, what’s the solution? What should you do if you need a medical marijuana card?

The first step is to understand whether or not you really need one. Furthermore, what does having a medical marijuana card implicate. To understand more about the pros and cons of having a medical marijuana card, continue this reading this post below.

If you are fully aware all the aspects of having a medical card don’t understand the exact process. Feel free to contact us for assistance.

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Pros of Having a Medical Marijuana Card

1) Gives you Extra Protection

We are not saying that it is your get out of jail free card, but it will give you that extra layer of protection. As of now, Cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance in the United States. This means that on a federal level smoking pot is illegal. Even if you live in a state that has legalized the plant you are still breaking Federal laws by consuming it in any form whatsoever.

Having a medical marijuana card can sometimes mean the difference between “deep shit” and a simple “let you off with a warning.” Furthermore, in most states, you will be afforded full legal protection under the state’s medical marijuana laws if the law harasses you.

2) You’ll Save Money

Depending on the state you live in, some states have established tax benefits for those with medical marijuana cards. This means that you’ll be able to purchase weed at a much cheaper price than recreational marijuana. Sometimes even a two-thirds of the price. If you smoke on a regular basis, it all adds up. At the end of the day, by having a medical marijuana card, you’ll be saving quite a few bucks.

3) You can Grow Your Own

Obviously, different states have different laws, but some states allow you to grow your own medicine once you have a medical marijuana card. The state of California allows any valid MMJ patient to have up to 6 mature plants growing at one time. Growing is not only fun but will save you quite a lot of money down the road.

4) Choice

Another pro of having a card is “choice.” No longer will you have to rely on your shady dealer that provides you with one specific strain, or whatever is in-stock. You can simply walk into any registered dispensary and pick up some weed from a variety of different plants. You can even choose if you want Sativa or Indica.

5) Access to Variety

If you live in a recreational state, then this really isn’t an issue, but if you don’t, then this reason is definitely one to take into consideration. By having a medical marijuana card you can walk into any dispensary and pick up a variety of products include; edibles, concentrates and more…

Cons of Having a Medical Marijuana Card

1) You Can’t Hold a Firearm

One of the major disadvantages of having a medical marijuana card is that you give up your 2nd amendment, meaning you can’t purchase firearms. So, if you are into guns you’ll have to choose what’s more important to you; healing yourself or protecting yourself.

2) You Might be Frowned upon

According to recent statistics, 60% of the U.S. think that marijuana should be legal, that means that 40% doesn’t. In specific communities, you might be frowned upon or judged by people that don’t agree with the use of marijuana.

3) You’ll Have to Renew it Once a Year

Not sure if this is a downfall, but it is pretty annoying. Most medical card providers or doctors will issue you a recommendation that is valid for 1 year. Even if you don’t live in the state of California, you’ll still be required to apply to your state’s Board of Health for your renewal. New cards or renewals can range per state anywhere between $50-$200.

4) Applying for a Government Job.

If you are aiming for a government career, then think twice about obtaining a medical marijuana card. Depending on the state you live in, and whether or not you need to apply to your state’s Board of Health to obtain your card, your details will go on record. For example, when applying for a medical card in California, there is no need to go through the state’s Board of Health, and therefore your details are legally sealed, and no one has them except you and your medical marijuana doctor. It’s 100% percent confidential. But if you are applying for a card in a state which has tougher rules then it is a different story. When applying for government positions, you could be frowned upon as government departments might have the right to ask that information.

5) The Bureaucracy Involved

This is sometimes a real bitch! If you live in a state that has permitted Telehealth or some other service which conveniently allows you to get your recommendation online, then the process is pretty straightforward and shouldn’t take more than 30 mins to get sorted. But if you don’t then the process can be pretty long and tiring. You’ll have to go to a doctor to get your medical records, receive a recommendation and then apply to the state for a card. The process can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Final Thoughts

As far as we are concerned the pros outweigh the cons, but the choice is obviously up to you. Need any more assistance or urgently need a medical card? Let us help by Starting Here.

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  1. Chris
    Law changes in Florida

    The truth in Florida after recent law changes is that you may not get a concealed permit foe weapon IF anyone who resides with an MMJ cardholder who has a recommendation due to any diagnosed mental issues, including PTSD.

  2. Mike
    misdemeanor charge -vs- 2nd amendment/ keep your card and I'll keep my guns.

    how can such a grey area, of a misdemeanor of law, have such huge constitutional backlash?
    bottom line, do you keep your 2nd amendment right and keep the right to protect your family. or do you protect your family by saving a few bucks on weed. I’m all for criminal enterprise vs loosing your right to bear arms.

  3. Puddintain
    Too many unanswered questions

    Well, This is ridiculous! Alcohol and other heavy hallucinogenic prescription drugs are not preventives to purchasing firearms or losing concealed weapons permits are they? Nor are they cause to lose your federal job or federal contractor job, are they? Would I lose the right to keep the weapons I already own? Oh, Hell NO! Yet the fear and speculation runs rampant regarding what happens if someone needs and gets a MM card. I’m in FL and suffer from chronic migraines and back pain. I’ve tested out Mary-J and have confirmed it does relieve my pain. Getting a card on the other hand freaks me out – will it cause me to lose my job when they renew my background check? Would I have a problem getting a concealed weapons permit? Would I lose my VA benefits? ( Yes, I’m a Marine Veteran – Semper Fi!) Too many unanswered questions… and seems to me that because there are no blatant answers and rules out there, the answers must be out there for a fight.

  4. Echo

    I have my card,but how do I find out if my state (PA) allows me to grow a certain amount ?

  5. anon

    If I get a medical card & I am drug tested at my job, can I show them proof I have the card & pass the test? Obviously it’ll be positive for marijuana, but if I have the card are they allowed to fire me?

    1. dd

      if its not a government job it all depends on your employer in my experience, just don’t get stoned at or before work lol

    2. Adam

      It depends on your state and also if they are aware that you are using medical cannabis. The laws are a bit conflicting on this. Which state do you live in?

  6. Dolly

    I got my med card and it was all pros until I went looking for another job who drug tests b4 hire. I told them b4 the sent me knowing I drop positive and now I am waiting for my results (which is nail bitting) – they scanned my med card at the doctors office and I have to wait for a med examiner to ask questions… (will they put a reviewed negative or positive on my report I have only received this way of medication due to a heart problem I had 5 years ago and I am not allowed to take any pain killers to get me by for my daily ironic migraine, back pain due to nerve damage and insomnia… I am scared I will not get the job. Anyone been through this?

  7. jp Walmer

    Why would anyone give up a constitutionaly protected ” God given right ” to protect themselves and their families . Time to rise up and take our country back.

    1. MrsLiz

      Owning a gun isn’t a God given right, it’s a state given right. I don’t remember ever reading anything about Jesus handing out firearms, but then again, I’m an atheist.

      1. JF

        I’m a christian and I find this comment hilarious. “Jesus handing our Firearms” thanks for the laugh.

    2. Adam

      jP, we wrote that down as one of the cons. But, it doesn’t interest everyone to hold a firearm. And those that do don’t tell 🙂

      1. Anthony

        What makes you think we have to give up our rights to get a card? The police checked my grow and saw my gun I had left sitting out. They held it while They were there but left it when they were done. There is nothing in Michigan’s mmp that says we have to give up our right as far as I know. If it differs by state, do you have links to the actual law that says so?

        1. Holden MaGroin


          I’m in FL and the State has finally made it clear that MMJ card holders will lose their right to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer, unless you are willing to roll the dice and commit perjury on the ATF Form 4473 question 11.e by answering “no”.

          I had my MMJ card for a couple of months when I bought my wife her first concealed carry pistol for Christmas. At that time, I wasn’t aware that I lost my right to purchase a firearm when I was approved for and issued an MMJ card. So, I answered “no” on the 4473 11.e question. They ran a federal background check on me, it came back as clean, I paid for the pistol and then took it home. No problems or anything abnormal during the process whatsoever. I have my concealed weapons license, maybe that helped me fly under the radar or something? I’m not sure at this point. I’ve read about MMJ patients in other states that were denied the sale of a firearm from a licensed dealer because of MMJ.

          Last, in early January 2018, I remember reading an article written by an attorney here in FL about this topic. He (I can’t remember his name….thanks weed) said that there would have to be legislation and protocols in place that would require the State of FL to share their MMJ patient’s data with Federal authorities in order for the feds to even know (to legally know I should say, who knows that they really know) that I’m a MMJ patient. As far as I know, the legislation and protocols are not currently in place between FL and the Feds.

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