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Getting medical marijuana instead of recreational in Missouri can offer legal protection to cannabis users – Newstalk KZRG

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters on Tuesday approved the recreational marijuana amendment, but some experts are advising users to pursue a medical marijuana license, despite new legislation that would make it available to anyone over the age of 21 by 2023.

It’s not the quality or potency that differentiates recreational and medical marijuana, but the legal protections a medical license provides, said Anthony David, chief operating officer at Green Precision Analytics, a cannabis-testing lab in Kansas City.

“I mean, if you’re using cannabis for medical reasons, like most patients in the state of Missouri are, the medical card gives you protection with your employer or your insurance company,” David said.

“I think it gives you that protection that you wouldn’t have under adult use, so it would be the same if you were taking Xanax that you weren’t prescribed.”

David said having a medical marijuana card provides a safety net for users who come face-to-face with law enforcement or the court systems by providing them with documented proof that they are legally allowed to possess cannabis .

Marijuana cardholders are protected as long as they do not exceed the limit allowed by the state, which is no more than 3 ounces within a 30-day period for recreational users and 6 ounces for medical users. David said a medical card can also protect you at work.

“If your employer has a policy in place that says, ‘You can use medical marijuana if it’s prescribed to you by a doctor and your job is in jeopardy, but we don’t allow recreational use,’ then that’s pretty much it.” a good example,” said David.

Not only do individuals with a medical marijuana card have more legal protection and documentation, but they also pay less in cannabis taxes.

Medical marijuana is currently taxed at 4% in the state of Missouri, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue, but recreational marijuana will be taxed at 6%, sometimes more than 9%

Local governments can tack on an additional 3% tax on recreational products, allowing some pharmacies to charge up to 5% more on recreational products than medical.

David said this is a big incentive for clients to go medical.

He also said it’s important to note that medical and recreational marijuana go through the exact same testing protocols in Missouri, debunking any myths that medical marijuana might be more potent than recreational marijuana.

He said the most important thing to know is that they are both regulated, free of toxins and safe.

“What we are doing here is to ensure a safety protocol for people,” said David. “We ensure that the marijuana you buy from a dispensary is free of microbes, it is free of pesticides, it is free of heavy metals.”

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