California’s pioneering medical marijuana system is feeling the pinch of legalization.

The number of Californians obtaining medical authorization cards to use weed for medical purposes continues to drop.

Only 1,269 patients have enrolled in the medical marijuana identification card program this year, according to the state’s public health department.

The voluntary program is designed to help cops identify those who smoke pot medicinally. Since 2016, it has also saved patients the tax on pot purchases.

More than 12,000 medical marijuana users were enrolled in the program in 2010. That number dropped to just under 6,000 in 2018, the year California legalized recreational use of pot. To put that in context, there are more than 915,000 medical marijuana patients in California.

Why the collapse?

Proving to the police that you’re authorized to use cannabis is less of a concern in the legal era. But for many patients, the costs and restrictions associated with being part of the…

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