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How Are Doctor's Recs and State-Issued Medical Marijuana Cards Different?

How Are Doctor's Recs and State-Issued Medical Marijuana Cards Different?

Medical Marijuana Card

In this week’s column, we’ll compare and contrast the two, and highlight why state-issued cards may offer more legal protection to patients.

I’d venture to guess that the average person, and possibly even the average cannabis user, doesn’t know that there is a difference between a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana and a state-issued medical marijuana card. A doctor’s recommendation is a certificate from a doctor recommending the use of medical marijuana to treat a patient’s qualifying illness. Doctor’s recommendations are typically maintained in a privately run database for verification. A state-issued card is an identification card granted by the state allowing medical marijuana patients with qualifying medical illnesses to possess, grow, and transport marijuana within the state. Patients’ card numbers are stored in the state’s database and can be easily verified by law enforcement. Both are equally valid and legal to allow access to medical marijuana, but state-issued cards may offer more legal protection to patients. In this week’s edition of our legal column, we’ll break down the differences between the two and highlight what makes one more preferable to a number of cannabis users. 

Read the full piece at MERRY JANE.

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