Why Visit a Michigan Medical Dispensary?

Posted on June 25th, 2024 to Education by

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2008. In 2018, however, the state legalized recreational weed, opening the door for more people to get high on their terms and expanding access beyond medical needs.

However, while recreational weed is now available, there are still numerous medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan. That begs the question: what’s the difference? And, are there any benefits of choosing a medical dispensary over a recreational one? The short answer is yes, but let’s look at this question closer.

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in MI vs. Recreational Dispensaries

Many medical marijuana dispensaries have started selling recreational cannabis to customers since 2018. So, there’s rarely a time when you would have to choose between one or the other. However, there are some general differences between a medical and a recreational dispensary, including:

  • Purchase Limits – Recreational cannabis users can buy up to 2.5 ounces of flower and 15 grams of concentrate in a single visit. While medical marijuana patients get prescriptions for specific amounts, the law states they cannot get more than 10 ounces per month. As a recreational user, you have more flexibility.
  • ID Requirements – Medical dispensaries require customers to show a valid medical marijuana card, illustrating that they are eligible to buy medical weed. Recreational dispensaries, however, only need to see a government ID to prove that you’re 21 or older.
  • Terms – In Michigan, there are two terms for businesses selling cannabis. Dispensaries are only allowed to sell recreational weed while provisioning centers can sell medical marijuana. The terms are not interchangeable, although some retailers (like Neighborhood Provisions) sell both types of cannabis. The rule is that a provisioning center cannot officially call itself a dispensary and vice versa.

FAQs About Visiting a Medical Dispensary

Do you need a medical card to buy from a dispensary in Michigan?

Technically, if you’re buying from a “dispensary,” you don’t need a medical marijuana card because dispensaries can’t sell medical weed. However, if you’re visiting a retailer that sells both medicinal and recreational cannabis, you only need a medical card if you’re buying medical marijuana.

Do medical dispensaries sell recreational weed?

Medical provisioning centers only sell medical marijuana and not recreational weed. In fact, a provisioning center can’t call itself a dispensary in any signage or advertising, lest it loses its medical marijuana license.

That said, some retailers, like Neighborhood Provisions, sell both types of cannabis to both types of customers. If you’re unsure, double-check with the business before shopping.

Is medical weed stronger?

As a rule, the “strength” of cannabis does not differ from medical or recreational strains. Some medical strains may have high THC concentrations, while others may not. Also, medical weed may be grown or cultivated to treat specific conditions, such as insomnia, appetite loss, or pain. These strains are not necessarily “stronger,” but they may be better suited to target these ailments.

Overall, if you’re looking for strong cannabis, the best option is to buy concentrates. The best concentrates can have up to a 99 percent THC concentration, making them ideal for experienced users.

Is medical weed cheaper than recreational cannabis?

No, in fact, generally speaking, medical marijuana can be much cheaper than recreational because it’s designed for medicinal purposes. That said, remember that you must have a medical marijuana card to buy weed from a provisioning center.

If you’re really trying to save money on cannabis, you can do so by joining the loyalty program at Neighborhood Provisions. We offer members a wide range of discounts and deals, helping you get the most out of your purchases.

What conditions qualify for a med card in Michigan?


According to Michigan law, you must have one of the following medical conditions to qualify for a card. Also, your primary care physician must submit the paperwork to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Nail-patella syndrome
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms and multiple sclerosis

Visit Neighborhood Provisions and Experience Medical Marijuana for Yourself

Whether you’re looking for medical or recreational cannabis, Neighborhood Provisions has you covered. Our Alpena location is highly convenient, and our staff members can help you discover the best strains for your needs. Visit our storefront today and feel your best immediately!

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