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Why You Should Still Get Your Medical Marijuana Card in Virginia

Recreational marijuana is legal in the State of Virginia, allowing those 21 years old and older to possess a small amount of cannabis and to start cultivating their own. Although cannabis was legalized a while back, Virginia has yet to open any recreational dispensaries.

Recreational marijuana users do not have access to medical dispensaries, so if you want medical marijuana for any medical reason, getting your card is still the way to go. There is no telling how much longer it will take for recreational dispensaries to become operational.

There are many other reasons why it is beneficial for patients to get their medical marijuana card and keep up with renewals even in a recreational state like Virginia. Here are a few of those reasons!

Lower Costs

Simply put, your medical marijuana card will save you money each time you make a trip to the dispensary, which adds up to be quite a bit. Patients with medical cards will always have access to lower prices than those who shop at recreational dispensaries.

Taxes for medical marijuana are also much lower than recreational, so Virginians with medical cards pay much less in taxes than recreational users will have to.

Getting your medical card could save you thousands of dollars a year on sales tax alone, depending on how often you purchase cannabis.

Ability to Purchase, Possess, and Cultivate More Cannabis

Those with their medical marijuana card are also able to legally possess, purchase, and grow more cannabis than recreational users. If you are someone who wants to stock up rather than making multiple trips to the dispensary, higher purchase limits will benefit you.

Medical cannabis patients can also grow more plants at home than recreational users.


There are many dispensaries across the State of Virginia, and they're currently all medical. Medical marijuana card holders are the only people with access to these facilities and products, as recreational users cannot go to medical dispensaries.

Medical card holders have many more choices and flexibility when it comes to where they buy their cannabis. Patients with their medical marijuana card can also enjoy reciprocity when they travel to select states.

Higher Potency Limits

Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are subject to potency limits on their products. Medical dispensaries have higher potency limits, making their products stronger and more effective.

Legal Protections

Having a medical marijuana card of your own can help if you find yourself in legal trouble. Your use of marijuana is backed by a licensed physician’s recommendation when you have your medical card, which can carry some weight.

The Bottom Line

Although recreational cannabis is legal in Virginia, there are currently no operational recreational dispensaries. Nevertheless, there are still many other benefits to getting your medical marijuana card including legal protections, lower costs, and higher potency limits.

If you think you may benefit from medical marijuana, give us a call! Cannabis can help with a whole slew of conditions and symptoms.

It is now easier than ever to get your medical marijuana card in Virginia, and more dispensaries are opening up to make access to medicine even easier.

In Virginia, any inhibiting condition could qualify you for your medical card. If you don’t already have it, we can help! Schedule an evaluation online today and we’ll make an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors.


Doctors Who Care.

Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness

safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. Our focus on

education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by

providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Virginia Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Virginia!

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