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.
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