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January 6, 2023

What is the Difference Between Medical and Recreational Marijuana?

Learn the important distinctions

Some people don’t realize that medical cannabis that you get prescribed by a doctor is the same as recreational marijuana that you get from a cannabis dispensary. The main difference is the laws in place about medical and recreational cannabis and the way it can be distributed or sold.

Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is legal in most states, but only for those who have certain medical conditions. These conditions usually include cancer, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma, but the list of conditions can differ from state to state. 

Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is not legal in all states. There will be about 21 states as of January 2023 that allow the selling and using of recreational marijuana. The states that allow the use of recreational marijuana have laws in place to regulate the selling process. One law is that recreational marijuana can only be sold at a cannabis dispensary.

Where Can You Get Medical Cannabis and Recreational Marijuana?

Medical cannabis is only legal if it’s prescribed and given to a customer by a medical professional. If someone is caught in a state that doesn’t allow the use of recreational marijuana, but they are caught with marijuana, they will face legal issues.

Recreational marijuana is only legal in certain states and must be sold at a cannabis dispensary, like Friend Jen and Co. Our cannabis dispensary was a building approved by the state to be used for selling recreational marijuana.