Why Is Medical Marijuana Struggling in Recreational States?

Why Is Medical Marijuana Struggling in Recreational States?

The number of medical marijuana patients in recreational states is spiraling down. Why is this happening, and will MMJ programs survive the struggle?

Medical marijuana patient counts in Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon have been decreasing since the legalization of recreational marijuana. While it took nearly two years for the drop to happen in Colorado, the drop was almost immediate in Oregon and Nevada.

According to mjbizdaily.com, there has been a 42 percent drop in patient counts in Oregon since the beginning of recreational sales. In Nevada, patient counts decreased by 32 percent and in Colorado by 22 percent.

What’s Causing the Drop?

Simply put, access to recreational weed has never been so easy. Because people with medical marijuana cards have access to the exact same products, there is little stopping them from buying like recreational users.

Also, while taxes on medical marijuana are often lower than those on recreational marijuana, doctor visits and card renewals all carry costs, often making it cheaper for patients to stop renewing their medical cards.

Moreover, some people no longer want to be on file as medical marijuana users. Having a card means you have a file somewhere in a database. If you want to stay anonymous, or don’t want anyone to know what illness you have, it might be better to buy like a recreational user.

Will MMJ Programs Disappear in Recreational States?

Despite the drop-off, it’s highly unlikely the medical marijuana programs will end up disappearing completely. Someone with a MMJ card still has several benefits. For instance, you’re less likely to get in trouble at work if you have to prove that marijuana is one of your medications. Also, minors can use cannabis with parental consent if they have a medical marijuana card. Without it, they won’t even be allowed into a dispensary.