Patrick McClellan was thrilled when he learned that his home state of Minnesota was legalizing medical marijuana in 2014. For McClellan, a former chef who had been on disability since he developed a rare form of muscular dystrophy, the drug provided the best relief for his painful muscle spasms.
But six years after Minnesota rolled out its medical marijuana program, McClellan is still buying pot off the street. The reason is simple, he says: It’s far cheaper.
What is a Medical Marijuana Card?
A medical marijuana card is a state-issued identification that allows patients to purchase cannabis products in a dispensary to treat medical conditions and ailments. Non-patients often can't enter a dispensary without a medical card.
In some states, the card provides proof that patients can grow limited amounts of marijuana plants at home or utilize medical cannabis delivery services. State laws also may allow patients to appoint a caregiver to purchase, administer, or grow their medical marijuana as well.