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How to Get Medical Marijuana in CA

How to Get Medical Marijuana in CA

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 06/08/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

In 1996, California was the first state to pass medical marijuana laws that allow seriously ill patients to legally use, grow and posses cannabis. Since then, fourteen other states have followed suit, while many others currently have medical marijuana legislation pending. In order to get medical marijuana in California, simply follow these few steps:

Step One: Be Diagnosed with a Qualifying Medical Condition

In order to use cannabis under CA medical marijuana law, you must first be diagnosed with anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine headaches, muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, or any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that limits your ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Step Two: Get a Marijuana Recommendation from a Qualified Doctor

The next step in getting medical marijuana is to obtain a written recommendation from a licensed physician who has determined that your health would benefit from cannabis. Not sure how to find a marijuana doctor? has the largest and highest quality database of medical marijuana doctors in CA and all legal states. Book an appointment today and we’ll help you find medical marijuana doctors in Orange County, Long Beach, the Bay Area, and more.

Step Three: Get a Cannabis Card (Optional)

Many patients wonder how to get a medical marijuana card in California, since many states require patients to get a marijuana medical card in order to use cannabis legally. However, the California medical marijuana card program is voluntary. To get a card, patients and caregivers must register with the California Medical Marijuana Program by submitting a Cannabis Card Application Form to your county health department along with copies of your marijuana recommendation, government-issued photo identification card, proof of county residence, and an application fee (which varies by county).

Step 4: Grow Your Own Marijuana or Purchase it from a Dispensary

Once you’ve obtained your marijuana recommendation or marijuana card, you can now legally grow and consume your medicine. Additionally, these documents will also grant you access to countless pot dispensaries across the state where you or your caregiver can purchase high grade medicine in smokable and edible form.

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