What’s the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?


Medical dispensaries and dual-licensed shops are best equipped to answer patient questions, especially those that provide education opportunities for their budtenders, such as seminars and certifications. Don’t be afraid to explore multiple dispensaries until you find one with a well-trained staff that you connect with.

Medical patients may receive certain perks not available to recreational consumers. These generally include:

  • Lower costs and taxes
  • Higher THC potency limits
  • Higher quantity restrictions
  • Legal access for minors in approved medical cases (e.g., cancer or epilepsy)
  • Medical patients may be allowed to grow their own cannabis (or are permitted a higher plant count than recreational consumers)


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