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Why medical over recreational (adult use)?

Why Medical Marijuana vs Recreational?

  1. Potency and product variety: Medical marijuana dispensaries often offer a wider range of products with varying levels of potency, allowing patients to find the right product for their specific needs. By highlighting the diverse product offerings and the ability to customize treatment plans, we can appeal to consumers who require more specialized options.

  2. Tax benefits: In Arizona, medical marijuana is subject to a lower sales tax rate compared to recreational marijuana. This can result in significant cost savings for patients who require regular access to medical marijuana. Our marketing campaigns should emphasize the financial benefits of choosing medical marijuana for those with qualifying conditions.

  3. Age restrictions: Medical marijuana is available to patients who are 18 years or older, while recreational marijuana is only available to those who are 21 years or older. For younger patients with qualifying medical conditions, medical marijuana may be their only legal option. We should target our marketing efforts towards this demographic and educate them on the benefits of medical marijuana

  4. A card holder can have 2.5 ounces of marijuana every 2 weeks. This is the legal limit, which is greater than the 1.5 ounces every fortnight that is permitted to leisure individuals.

A card can also expand cannabis as long as you stay in an area that is 25 miles from any kind of state-licensed dispensary. You can grow up to 12 plants.

Its always better to be legal than not!

The Medical Marijuana Law

Arizona employers cannot refuse to hire, fire, or otherwise penalize a job candidate or employee because the person is a registered medical marijuana cardholder except if:

  • A failure to discriminate against the medical marijuana cardholder would cause an employer to lose a monetary or licensing related benefit under federal law or regulations. For example, the federal Department of Transportation regulations prohibit a person required to have a commercial driver’s license to drive a commercial vehicle when using marijuana for any reason. A driver that needs a commercial driver’s license to work is not protected by the Arizona Medical Marijuana.

  • The employee uses medical marijuana on the employer’s premises or during the hours the employee is on the job.

  • The employee has medical marijuana on the employer’s premises or has medical marijuana in their possession during the hours the employee is on the job,

  • The medical marijuana cardholder was impaired by marijuana on the premises of the place of employment or during the hours of employment.

Regarding marijuana impairment, the law says “that a registered qualifying patient shall not be considered to be under the influence of marijuana solely because of the presence of metabolites or components of marijuana that appear in insufficient concentration to cause impairment.” Currently, Arizona law does not have any level of metabolites or marijuana components that establishes impairment. This means an employer cannot act solely on the results of a positive drug test if the employee is a registered cardholder.

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