How to get the medical marijuana card in CaliforniaSimone Loganathan
Today we are going to answer one of the most common questions about medical marijuana:
How to get the Medical Marijuana Card in California?
Although medical marijuana in California has become more accessible, patients are bound to follow legal dispositions in order to be able to purchase and use medical marijuana. In this post, we are going to explain who can request a medical marijuana card, what the requirements are and most of all we are going to introduce an innovative way to obtain a medical recommendation from a licensed doctor. Anyone in CA can do it without the hassle of booking an appointment and they can obtain the necessary letter within minutes, without leaving the couch.
Let’s go through the information you need before applying for it.
Who can get a medical marijuana recommendation in California?
The “Compassionate Use Act of 1996” provides precise guidelines explaining under which conditions a patient is eligible to request a medical card as well as the amount of marijuana that can be possessed by patients and caregivers, which is a maximum of 8 ounces of dried marijuana.
There are several physical conditions for which a patient could be treated with medical marijuana. Here is an extract from the law that indicates the conditions under which a patient can request a medical card to access medical marijuana for treatment purposes:
- (1) Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
- (2) Anorexia.
- (3) Arthritis.
- (4) Cachexia.
- (5) Cancer.
- (6) Chronic pain.
- (7) Glaucoma.
- (8) Migraine.
- (9) Persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms associated with multiple sclerosis.
- (10) Seizures, including, but not limited to, seizures associated with epilepsy.
- (11) Severe nausea.
- (12) Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either:
- (A) Substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336).
- (B) If not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.
This law allowed the state Department of Public Health to establish a medical marijuana dedicated program that issues the so called medical marijuana card, necessary to be able to get access to cannabis products in California for medical use.
The Card is valid for 1 year and it can be renewed.
What are the requirements to obtain a medical card?
Beside having one (or more) of the above mentioned conditions, it is required to be a resident in California, which has to be proven by providing a valid California I.D. or any other proof of residence such as a utility bill accompanied with another valid document (passport, other state I.D., Driving license).
On top of this you need to obtain a medical recommendation letter from a licensed Doctor and naturally provide previous medical records proving your medical condition.
Where can I get a Doctor’s recommendation in California?
Until sometime ago, it was necessary to get an appointment with one of the licensed doctors. Now, you can easily get a recommendation without hassle through a simple video-call.
Ready to get started? It easy, only takes a few minutes, can be done right on your mobile phone and is only $40.