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Having safe access and legal to marijuana is somewhat of a goal that is common to many Americans. However, it is a little unfortunate that the legal implementation has a divided undertone. One is medical cannabis and the other is recreational cannabis. There is a distinction between the two, but to understand it, you would have to first be aware of the legal implications.

The Legalization

Since medical and recreational cannabis has been legalized in states like Washington, California and Colorado, many have taken on the phrase of cannabis consumption, whether it is done recreationally or medically. For recreational cannabis, people have put ‘getting high' on the back burner and you will often hear ‘recreational use' of cannabis instead. Many advocates and opponents agree that these phrases obscure the actual effects of weed and give a misconception about weed, which is something that has kept it being illegal for so long. So we want to dispel those misconceptions for you and the general public.

The Assumption

Many people assume that cannabis consumption can only happen in a medical or recreational setting; one for treatment of medical conditions and the other just to get high. However, this is not true since cannabis has a host of distinct benefits that have been mistaken as getting high. Some of these unique benefits include the ability for recreational cannabis and medical cannabis to promote meditation and self-examination as well as patience. Weed can awaken someone's sense of lightheartedness, spiritual openness, appetite enhancement, sensitivity, creative inspiration, good humor, spontaneity and bridging the gap between friendships and other human differences. And so it is safe to say that neither the use of recreational cannabis nor medical cannabis does justice to accurately describing these unique benefits, which are the main reasons that people consume weed.

The Definition

If we were to purely define recreational cannabis as how most people think of it, then it would further negate its benefits and it would also maintain the stigma to which it has always been attached. It also undermines the real benefits of the marijuana plant. Overall, the use of marijuana falls into the ‘wellness' category. In other words, most individuals, even if they don't realize it, will actually use weed in a way as to contribute to their general well-being to reach optimum health.

The Swap

There is an irony to this though. For example, the medical cannabis program in the state of Washington has seen been dismissed. Why is that so? Well, it has to do with tax revenue. Recreational cannabis sales have reached such a high so much that the state government and marijuana dispensary owners of recreational cannabis have lobbied to get rid of the medical cannabis program. The tax revenue for medical cannabis is considerably lower than recreational cannabis. There is a down side to this, though. If you have a split cannabis market, it will reduce quality, increase cost and service would suffer


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The Quality

In terms of quality, the medical cannabis market demands a higher level than the recreational cannabis market. In addition, the medical market tends to be more creative as it relates to products. This could be due to the fact that this market was the first to be established in comparison to the recreational cannabis market. Also, it is a market that many medical patients rely on for alternative treatment. The cultivators of medical cannabis are some of the most passionate and skilled people in the world. They put their professional lives on the line to produce cannabis products of the highest quality.

Final Thoughts

The cost of recreational cannabis is nearly double that of medical cannabis. Therefore, more focus might go into the latter as a result. The service for medical patients will remain compassionate, but in a recreational cannabis transaction, less care might be taken. For all these reasons, people need to educate themselves prior to entering a marijuana dispensary.

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