Back in the day it was difficult processing paperwork without computers and internet connections.
If you wanted to keep track of the money in your bank account, you had to keep a balance sheet that includes every check written and the amount.
These days I take it for granted that I can get this information on my cell phone nearly anytime I want it and I no longer have to manually record my purchases. On top of that, the bank companies are creating cards in them that you only have to hover over the payment screen to confirm a purchase. That way you don’t have a chip or a magnetic strip on the card that is damaged during long term use. Although our state medical marijuana cards aren’t quite as high tech as new bank cards, they’re also becoming easier and easier to renew as a medical marijuana patient. When I started in our state’s medical cannabis program four years ago, you had to send a physical application to the state capital, along with passport photos from a Walgreens or CVS that you had to pay for yourself. With the application, photos, and medical documents, you also had to include a check for $75. Now you can do all of this with just a few clicks on your computer or smartphone, especially now that the state medical marijuana office is directly linked to the DMV. You can select a checkbox that imports all of your data from the DMV state archives. They will import the photo from your driver’s license and the residency status as well. As you can imagine, this is also a quick way to transfer identification information if it’s accurate on your license. Instead of waiting two weeks, I was recently approved for my new medical marijuana card in just six days!