Does it make financial sense to keep your medical marijuana card after Jan. 1?

Starting New Year’s Day, adults no longer will need a doctor’s recommendation to legally buy marijuana in California.

But don’t throw out that medical marijuana card just yet.

Depending on how much cannabis you consume, it might make sense to remain a medical marijuana customer instead of becoming a recreational one. Some medical consumers get a break on taxes, and all of them can buy more and stronger cannabis products than recreational customers.

Considering just the costs, it pays to have a medical card if you buy a lot of marijuana and you have the right kind of recommendation. To get a break on sales taxes – 8.25 percent in Sacramento – medical patients must have a state-issued medical card rather than the cards that are available from doctors.

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Everyone pays other taxes, either

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