The "best" solution is to carry around the legal document like I already said. Anything else is not worth the paper it is printed on.
This is the only option HC allows
You, some of you, make it sound like the license is somehow larger than a piece of paper that can fold up and be tucked into a wallet or purse. If you think that this piece of paper weighs ten pounds and is like having a 3 foot 2x4 in your wallet I can see the issue you are having.
I carried mine around, folded and in my wallet for approximately 2 weeks, you know what happened to it in those two weeks? Being simply folded and sat on in my wallet the whole time?
Letters started sticking to other sides of the paper, corners were showing holes, IMPORTANT DATA COMPROMISED!!! It has nothing to do with it's size, and everything to do with what we have to do to it JUST to have it on our person.
Maybe you should think of it as a lovely and light-weight piece of paper that you are happy to carry with you because it identifies you as a legal medical user and gives you a lot more rights than the next guy standing next to you without a license. Maybe the document will lighten up a little and be easier to carry around until HC gets a better solution.
Again, it's not the size or weight of it, it's what needs to be done to it just to make it of the size required to have it on our person, and what having to do causes in the long run to a simple piece of paper.
This isn't news that paper cannot handle that kind of abuse, so for them to somehow expect it is completely unrealistic in every way possible.
They are fully aware that paper will do this, I spoke to them this morning about it, explained why I think having the original legal size document on you at all times is absurd, especially if you're a male, and she essentially said they don't care... So don't expect a change to happen on their end, my advice, personally, is change it on your end.
If a cop should be so bold as to attempt to penalize you, take the matter to court, show the judge how ridiculous it is to have a piece of paper you have to fold and then later gets destroyed through ware and tare from simply being in your wallet. HC isn't going to take the steps to make the changes, that's in our hands.
I myself have personally gone through 2 copies of my MMAR form simply because of ware and tare in my wallet, I keep my original at home, I've only had my MMAR since February of this year, how many times do we have to get a new PER yearly authorization?
So for anyone who wants to know about the photocopy, legally, your not allowed, and it may cause you problem, but IMO, who cares... I'm the kind of person that will fight to the bitter end for shit I believe in, and this is complete BS.
So I guess it comes down to personal preference, you can follow the rules, or try to change them.