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Thursday April 13, 2017

Updated on 8/2/2021

By Michael Walters

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The cannabis industry is built upon a foundation of medicinal value. After all, medical marijuana was the first form of legalized cannabis in the United States. With recreational marijuana stealing the spotlight in recent years, some people and businesses have lost sight of the many medicinal properties the plant has to offer.

With a product that practically sells itself, unfortunately some dispensaries have shifted focus to their profit margins rather than the quality of medicine they are dispensing. However, there are still dispensaries who keep the patient top-of-mind.  Understanding this dynamic is the difference between shopping just anywhere and finding a dispensary that truly cares about their plants. Because of the sometimes overwhelming differences between medical and recreational cannabis products, it’s important to shop at stores who care for their medical and recreational products equally.

Better yet, if you suffer from a qualifying condition, why not just get a medical card?

Top Reasons to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card

Aside from the obvious reason that getting your medical marijuana card will allow you safe and reliable access to medicine, there are several other benefits to consider:

You will save money

Being a medical marijuana patient can actually save you a lot of money in the long run. As you may know, taxes for recreational products are much higher, meaning ten times out of ten you will pay more for recreational products than medical.

Less waiting

If you aren’t a fan of waiting in line, medical marijuana dispensaries typically see less customers than recreational stores. This means that you will not only get in and out quicker but will be more focused on by the budtender and not be rushed to make a purchase. Basically, if the quality of service is important to you, then you should definitely consider getting your medical marijuana card.

Consistent Quality

Aside from the savings and quicker access to products, many people believe medical cannabis is a higher grade than its recreational counterpart. That isn’t to say there aren’t dispensaries who pay attention to both, however.

Dispensaries like Silver Stem Fine Cannabis proudly offer the same high-quality marijuana to both recreational and medical patrons. Because they started as a medical-only dispensary, they have been able to adopt the same meticulous standards for their recreational products, making for consistency and reliability on both sides.

Silver Stem Fine Cannabis Dispensaries like Silver Stem offer high-quality products to both recreational and medical patrons.

Because medical marijuana is used to alleviate pain and other ailments, it has to meet a certain standard. Otherwise, people in need would not be able to treat their illnesses effectively. A lot of people rely on medical cannabis to get through the day, so a strong attention to detail and quality is required from growers.

Higher Doses

If you’re a fan of edibles too, it is also worthy to note that you can purchase products with higher amounts of THC and CBD than you can on the recreational side. For example, if you are shopping recreationally, you may only purchase products with a maximum of 100mg THC. Conversely, medical dispensaries are allowed to sell edibles with hundreds and even thousands of mg THC.  In addition to the quality of medical cannabis products, there are also exciting dispensary incentives and member benefits to choose from.

Patient Incentives

When you get your medical marijuana card, you are able to list a provider on your paperwork as your primary center. In doing so, you are allowing that dispensary to grow your marijuana for you in a supplementary fashion. This entitles you to member benefits at that dispensary and certain perks that non-members do not have access to. It is also important to note that when you designate a primary care center, you are still able to shop at any medical dispensary in the state as well.

Save on Weed: Getting the Best Deals with Your MMJ Card

The perks and incentives for signing over are usually quite fruitful for the patient and can result in some serious savings. One dispensary in particular that has an awesome patient program is Silver Stem Fine Cannabis. Silver Stem offers a multitude of deals and bonuses for loyal members, ensuring they are getting quality medicine at the best value.

So what do member benefits entail? They vary from dispensary to dispensary, but at Silver Stem you can expect:

  • 50% off your first purchase or a coupon that can be used later

  • Monthly store credit bonuses

  • Quarterly store credit bonuses

  • Referral benefits for both REC and MED customers

Silver Stem Primary Medical Patients Save Up to 30% a Year Silver Stem Primary Medical Patients Save Up to 30% on their MMJ Needs a Year. image credit

In the case of Silver Stem’s patient program, it is obvious that the longer you stay signed up, the more you’ll benefit. There are many medical dispensaries that offer member benefits for signing over, so be sure to choose the best program that fits your needs. Every program is different, so don’t be afraid to inquire around and compare your options.

All in all, you really can’t go wrong with a medical marijuana card, and the benefits are undeniable. So if you’re suffering from a qualifying condition, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your medical marijuana card and start reaping the benefits.


Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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