Arizona’s adult-use marijuana sales started in January 2021 at dispensaries, and many of the state’s recreational cannabis consumers still obtain a medical marijuana card because it saves them 16% in excise tax per purchase — a tax only imposed on recreational consumers.
Most dispensaries charge a similar price for marijuana purchased by recreational and medical marijuana customers; however, the 16% excise tax can add up quickly for recreational consumers.
“Between the (medical marijuana) application fee and doctor’s appointment, a 2-year license (medical marijuana card) can cost up to $300,” Fox 10 reported. “However, patients don’t have to pay the 16% tax… A patient would need to spend more than $1,875 over two years to break even on sales tax.”
If an adult-use cannabis consumer plans on spending more than $80 per month on marijuana at a dispensary, then they’d save money in the long run by getting a medical marijuana card.
Medical marijuana patients can also purchase and possess more marijuana and concentrates than recreational users — up to 2.5 ounces — and buy edibles with a higher potency.