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At the end of 2023, residents voted to legalize Ohio recreational weed throughout the state. However, this process tends to take quite a while, and sales have yet to roll out.


So, while you can still only get MMJ in the Buckeye State, let’s talk about the full benefits of medical marijuana — and why it’s still better than adult-use weed.

When Will Recreational Weed Be Legal in Ohio?

Plain and simple: we do not know. Supposedly, recreational dispensaries should be opening for residents in the fall of this year, but that could quickly change. 

 

As it stands, the state is working on granting licenses for growers and dispensary owners to sell and cultivate Ohio recreational weed. But, this process is quite time-consuming, and the state just approved its first licenses in June of this year. 

 

However, the established medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio have a bit of a leg-up here, and 78 of them have already received approval to sell both MMJ and adult-use products when the time comes.

What Ohio Recreational Weed Will Look Like

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While Ohio recreational weed hasn’t fully rolled out yet, the state has still established parameters regarding what the laws will look like. 

 

We already know that adult-use consumers will have a 2.5-ounce possession limit. This means that you cannot buy more than 2.5 ounces (and 15 grams of concentrate) from a dispensary at a time. 

 

Adult consumers will also be able to grow marijuana plants at home, like MMJ cardholders.

So, Why Get an Ohio Medical Marijuana Card?

With the uncertainty that comes from legalizing Ohio recreational weed, it’s more than worth it to get your medical marijuana card instead. And this case will still stand even when the state rolls out recreational sales.

Save Money

One of the biggest downfalls of recreational cannabis is the cost. Adult-use weed is subject to much higher tax rates than MMJ, causing prices to skyrocket. 

 

Medical marijuana cardholders will save money on every purchase just by having a card. 

 

Throughout Ohio, Marijuana will be taxed at a rate of 10%, although there is a bill approved by the Senate that could increase this tax to 15%. 

 

Medical marijuana, on the other hand, is not subject to the same excise taxes as recreational marijuana. This means that you can buy the same product as your recreational friend and pay much less just by having your card. 

 

Also, there is a high likelihood that dispensaries will offer specific medical-only discounts for cardholders that make the overall purchase less expensive. 

 

So, yes, while you have to buy your MMJ card initially, it will quickly pay for itself in savings.

Get More Weed

The possession limits between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana differ quite a bit in Ohio. 

 

As we mentioned, Ohio recreational weed consumers are allowed 2.5 ounces of flower. MMJ cardholders, however, are allowed to possess a 90-day supply of products that your physician determines. 

 

This means that, the more severe your medical conditions, the more cannabis your doctor will approve you for.

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Have Reassurance

When you have an OH medical marijuana card, you have the reassurance that Ohio recreational weed consumers simply don’t. MMJ cardholders will always have priority in the US, meaning that if there’s a cannabis product shortage in your state, medical patients will be prioritized. 

 

This also means that while everyone else is waiting for recreational sales to roll out, you can continue enjoying marijuana legally and safely. 

 

Truly, what more could you ask for?

Don’t Rely on Ohio Recreational Weed: Get Your MMJ Card Today!

It will likely be several more weeks (even months) until we see Ohio recreational weed sales. So, in the meantime, why not enjoy the benefits that cannabis has to offer? 

 

Get your Ohio medical marijuana card online with Elevate Holistics today! Our doctors will meet with you within minutes and give you approval within 24 hours. Then, you can register with the state and start enjoying the highest-quality MMJ products possible. 

 

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About the author

Ally Hilbert is the Content and SEO Manager here at Elevate Holistics, working to publish and run Elevate’s blogs and landing pages, as well as conduct keyword research, competitor analysis, and more. After having brain surgery at the age of 17, Ally became fascinated with medical cannabis and its benefits, and, at 18, had her first CBD-related piece published. Today, she’s been writing about cannabis for the past six years, and simply can’t think of a better company to get to do it for. When she’s not writing or editing, Ally’s side-by-side with her pup Sadie in Seattle.
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