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California Medical Marijuana Qualification

Who Qualifies for Medicinal Marijuana in California

On November 05, 1996, California voters approved Ballot Proposition 215 (effective November 06), thereby removing the state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients possessing either a “written or oral recommendation” from their physician, advising that he or she may benefit from the medical use of marijuana.

Qualified patients and their primary caregivers, may possess no more than eight ounces of dried marijuana, and/or six mature (or 12 immature) marijuana plants. However, patients are allowed to possess larger amounts of marijuana when recommended by a physician, as per Senate Bill 420.

What Ailments Qualify For Medical Cannabis in California

Patients in California diagnosed with one of the following medical conditions, are afforded legal protection under the California Medical Marijuana law, as per Ballot Proposition 215:

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How to Become A Medical Marijuana Patient in California

1. Patients must be a California Resident with a valid California I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a California I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.

2. Patients are advised, to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis, and to bring these records with to your marijuana evaluation appointment — *Learn how to request your medical records

3. Obtain written documentation from a physician licensed in the state of California stating that, you are a qualifying patient. The recommending physician must meet the criteria outlined in The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which includes being in good standing in the state of CA, taking responsibility of some aspect of patient care, and complying with accepted medical standards. Be sure to bring your medical records with you to your appointment — *Find a certified medical marijuana physician in California

4. Once a patient has obtained a written certification from a physician licensed in the state of California, patients are required to register with the California Department of Public Health, Public Health Policy and Research Branch, Medical Marijuana Program Unit — upon registration, patients will receive a medical marijuana I.D. card.

Medical Marijuana Access in California

Some medical marijuana patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical marijuana, but marijuana prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies marijuana as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe marijuana to their patients, and medical marijuana patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical marijuana. Instead, medical marijuana doctors in California will supply patients with a medical marijuana recommendation in compliance with state law.

According to California medical marijuana laws, patients and their caregivers may possess one ounce of marijuana in usable form and six marijuana plants, with no more than three mature and flowering plants producing usable marijuana at any one time. The state of California does not allow for the purchase or sale of medical cannabis.

One of the challenges involved in any sort of legal marijuana program — especially one in a state as large as California — is making sure all of the cannabis used in the state is safe for consumption. This is particularly important for patients who meet medical marijuana qualifications in California.

For example, as of April 2017, the state had yet to establish regulations governing the levels of pesticides allowed in weed cultivated for recreational and medical purposes. Many dispensaries in California had to pull products off their shelves after an investigation conducted by a Los Angeles television station.

Station personnel purchased more than 40 cannabis products sold at dispensaries throughout Southern California and had them tested for pesticides. Nearly 95 percent of those products tested positive for pesticide levels that were in excess of safety limits established in other states that allowed the use of recreational weed.

Nevada, Colorado and Oregon have strict standards in place that limit the amount of pesticides that can be used during the process of cultivating legal cannabis. As a result of the investigation, the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation announced it would establish regulations addressing the level of pesticides in both recreational and medicinal marijuana by January 1, 2018.

In a separate study, the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) organization gave California a “B+” grade regarding access to cannabis in the state. This was the highest grade issued by the organization, which cited an abundant supply of cannabis, as well as reasonable taxes and very few limitations on California medical marijuana qualifications. ASA was also encouraged parental rights can no longer be denied because a parent is a patient who uses medical cannabis.

If you would like to learn more about obtaining a medical cannabis card in California or you would like to find updated information regarding this important issue, check with often.

Finally, a helpful & informative website! answered all of my medical marijuana questions and helped me schedule an appointment with an accredited doctor in my area.~Susan - Denver, CO