Cannabis Taxes Got You Down? MMIC Is Here to Help

2018 brought many changes to the cannabis industry, and – while mostly good – many medical cannabis patients have lamented about the new taxes that came along with it.

With the new California Cannabis Excise Tax adding a whopping ~12.5% percent to most transactions, people are trying to figure out if there’s some kind of loophole to saving a little dough.

Enter  MMIC – the silver lining and potential solution to (some of) your tax woes. A Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC), issued by your local County Department of Public Health, exempts individuals from retail sales tax on cannabis.

The MMIC Program, created under SB 420, lets patients voluntarily enroll for an identification card and patient ID number. This card and number allow you to legally prove you’re a certified patient or caregiver, and is a system that is accepted and used by law enforcement to verify that validity.

At a maximum of $100 per card (or $50 for Medi-Cal patients), this card could really be beneficial in the long-run, especially if you order regularly!

In order to get one, you’ll need to fill out a Medical Marijuana Program application. You’ll also need to have a doctor’s recommendation, California ID or legal proof of identity, and proof of residency.  You must apply in person at your local County Department of Health. The verification process can take up to 30 days, but once it’s approved, you’re good to go! If you send a copy of your MMIC to Goddess Deliver, you’ll be exempted from your local sales tax.

Not sure how much money you’ll save? You can see all the local sales tax rates here. The average retail sales tax in California is around 8.4%, and it is calculated and applied after adding the state excise tax and any local cannabis fees.

As always, we appreciate your continued support of Goddess Delivers!

6 thoughts on “Cannabis Taxes Got You Down? MMIC Is Here to Help

  1. I have a renewed Doctor’s rec but the taxes are still higher this year and it becomes a struggle to balance health and income when you are retired and on a fixed income.

    1. Yes unfortunately with adult-use cannabis, new taxes have been added on. An MMIC is different than a doctor’s recommendation – you don’t need an MMIC to purchase in California, but most places still require a doctor’s recommendation (unless they are one of the handful of places that are adult-use licensed). If you want to save some money, getting an MMIC is a great option.

  2. What other way except a doctor’s recommendation can I get this? I used to get your products all the time for my stomach issues recommended by my chiropractor – however, I do not go to him anymore – is there another way? I live in Santa Barbara, CA and am 69 years old. Thanks.

    1. If you need to renew your medical marijuana recommendation, you can do it online at from the comfort of your own home. You can also find a physician in your area focused on medical marijuana recommendations for a quick in-person visit. Feel free to give our staff at call at 1-855-426-5246 to chat about the options. By the way, you don’t need a MMIC to order from Goddess Delivers – only a recommendation ;).

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