Recreational marijuana sales in Arizona began at most pharmacies on January 22nd, and many recreational marijuana users in the state are already considering getting a medical marijuana card as it would save 16% tax per marijuana purchase – a tax not imposed on medical marijuana patients.
Many pharmacies have chosen to charge recreational marijuana customers a similar price for marijuana to medical marijuana patients. However, the 16% excise tax can add up quickly for Rec users.
“Between filing for (medical marijuana) and becoming a doctor, a 2-year license (medical marijuana card) can cost up to $ 300,” reported Fox 10. “Patients do not have to pay the 16% tax … A patient would have to spend more than $ 1,875 over two years to clear sales tax. “
If an adult cannabis user wanted to spend more than $ 80 a month on marijuana, they would save money in the long run by getting a medical marijuana card. Medical marijuana patients can also purchase and own more marijuana and concentrates than recreational users – up to 2.5 ounces – and purchase foods of higher potency.