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California Medical Marijuana: Qualifying Medical Conditions

California medical marijuana is available to anyone who has a medical marijuana card. To get a card, your doctor will need to diagnose you with a medical condition and approve the use of medical marijuana for treatment.

These are the conditions that qualify for the California medical marijuana program, according to the law:

AIDS

Anorexia

Arthritis

Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)

Cancer

Chronic Pain

Glaucoma

Migraine

Persistent muscle spasms (including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis)

Seizures (including epileptic seizures)

Severe nausea

Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that affects someone’s ability to conduct major life activities.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

First, know that you must be at least 18 years old. If you’re under 18, your parent or legal guardian must approve, unless they are emancipated or declared self-sufficient status.

You must provide some proof of your identity, such as your California driver’s license or some other government-issued identification card.

You must be a resident of California and provide proof of residency through either a rental or mortgage agreement, utility bill or California DMV motor vehicle registration.

You must be diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition (listed above).

You must provide written documentation from a physician that medical marijuana is appropriate for treating a documented medical condition.

You must apply in person for a medical marijuana identification card at their county office. Submit the official program application along with your doctor’s recommendation. You may also use a version written in Spanish.

In person, you must submit an application and:

  • Pay the application fee, which cannot exceed $100 or $50 for Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The application fee will be waived for indigent patients who participate in the county’s medical services program.
  • Have your photo taken.

The county has 30 days to verify a patient or primary caregiver’s application. Once the county has verified an application county staffers have five days to provide a patient with his or her medical marijuana card. In total, it can take up to 35 days to receive your card after you apply.

California became the first state in the nation to allow residents to use marijuana for medical purposes in 1996.

Today, anyone over the age of 18 can purchase marijuana from a licensed retail dispensary. Even so, many people choose to join California’s medical marijuana program for tax breaks and other benefits.

If you’re interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card, there are a few things you need to do to get started.

California Medical Marijuana: Doctors

In order to get a California medical marijuana card, you’ll need to first consult with your doctor.

Your doctor must diagnose you with a qualifying medical condition and recommend the use of medical marijuana for treatment. He or she must note this in your medical records and fill out a form for you to submit along with your California medical marijuana application.

Looking for a new doctor? Patients can use our database of certified physicians to find a California doctor or utilize our telemedicine services to start talking to a physician right away.

Our list is always growing to accommodate the patient base in California, so check back regularly for data about physicians closeby.

Rules governing telemedicine in California for prescribing medical marijuana are changing. Patients interested in getting a medical marijuana evaluation conducted in the privacy of their own home or location of their choosing, can access it via a secure real-time, live-video connection here: https://www.marijuanadoctors.com/medical-marijuana-doctors/medical-marijuana-telemedicine-portal/

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A Nationwide Network of Caring Physicians – We maintain a large database of strictly vetted physicians who are certified to practice in the Golden State. These physicians are easily accessible by appointment as well as online through the telemedicine portal. What this means is that we can get you connected to a highly-qualified physician at the click of a mouse, making the process much easier for you. Our portal also helps doctors manage their appointments more effectively, preventing the need for patients to endure long waits at the doctor’s office for an appointment.

Resources Just a Click Away – State regulations require patients to present a written certification from a qualified physician when applying for a California marijuana card. Rather than having to traverse the area looking for this documentation, our online portal puts all the resources you need at your fingertips.

Virtual Doctor Visits Made Easy – When you’re ready for follow-up visits, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your home. The Telehealth portal replaces the need to physically visit a doctor with an online appointment that is just as insightful for the patient and the doctor.

Rigorous Vetting – The physicians in our portal are the very best at what they do. This is because we are very cautious about the professionals we work with. These physicians are vetted rigorously to ensure they can provide compassionate health care with the utmost consideration for your condition. They also uphold the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality, ensuring your medical records are sealed and secure.

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Cost of A Medical Marijuana Identification Card in California

Joining California’s medical marijuana program is not free. Luckily, California laws limit the application fees to $100 (or $50 for Medi-Cal beneficiaries).

Application fees for joining California’s medical marijuana program vary from county to county. Contact your county office to learn the fee you’ll need to pay when you submit your application.

If your application for a California medical marijuana card is denied, you can submit an appeal at no extra cost. You have 30 days to complete and submit an appeals form to the California Department of Public Health. Send a copy of your completed form and a copy of your denial letter to:

California Department of Public Health

Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program

Attention:  Appeals

P.O. Box 997410, MS 5202

Sacramento, CA  95899-7410

Once your appeal is reviewed, the public health department’s decision is final.

 

How to Contact California’s County’s Medical Marijuana Program

Alameda County

Alameda County Public Health Department

1000 Broadway, Suite 500

Oakland, CA  94607

(510) 268-2977

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Alpine County

Health and Human Services

75-B Diamond Valley Road

Markleeville, CA  96120

(530) 694-2146

Business Hours:

Monday, 1pm – 4:30pm

Wednesday, 1pm – 4:30pm

Friday, 1pm – 4:30pm

By Appointment Only

 

​Amador County

Amador County Public Health Department

10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 400

Sutter Creek, CA  95685

(209) 223-6407

Business Hours:

Thursday, 1pm – 4pm

 

​Butte County

Department of Public Health

202 Mira Loma Drive

Oroville, CA  95965

(530) 538-7700

Business Hours:

Thursday, 10am – 2pm

 

Calaveras County

Department of Public Health

700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite C

San Andreas, CA  95249

(209) 754-6460

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

Colusa County

Colusa County Health and Human Services

251 E Webster Street

Colusa, CA 95932

(530) 458-0380

Contra Costa County

Department of Public Health

10 Douglas Drive, Suite 220

Martinez, CA  94553

(925) 313-1126

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Del Norte County

Department of Health & Social Services

880 Northcrest Drive

Crescent City, CA  95531

(707) 464-3191

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 12pm; 1pm – 5pm

 

​El Dorado County

Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Agency

931 Spring Street

Placerville, CA  95667

(530) 621-6500

Business Hours: 8am – 5pm

By Appointment Only

 

​Fresno County

Fresno County Health Department

1221 Fulton Street, Office 128

Fresno, CA  93721

(559) 600-3434

By Appointment only

Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Glenn County

Health Service Agency

240 N. Villa Ave

Willows, CA  95988

(530) 934-6588

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Humboldt County

Department of Public Health

529 I Street

Eureka, CA  95501

(707) 445-6200

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

 

Imperial County

Department of Public Health

935 Broadway

El Centro, CA  92243

(442) 265-1444

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

Inyo County

Health and Human Services

207 A W. South Street

Bishop, CA  95314

(760) 873-7868

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Kern County

Department of Public Health

1800 Mount Vernon Avenue

Bakersfield, CA  93306

(661) 321-3000

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Kings County

Department of Public Health – Vital Statistics

330 Campus Drive

Hanford, CA  93230

(559) 582-3211

Business Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8am – 4pm

 

Lake County

Health Services Department

922 Bevins Court

Lakeport, CA  95453

(707) 263-1090

Business Hours:

Tuesday, 10am – 12pm

Thursday, 10am – 12pm

Lassen County

Lassen County Public Health

1445 Paul Bunyan Road

Susanville, CA  96130

(530) 251-8183

Business Hours:

Tuesday, 1pm – 4pm

Los Angeles County

L.A. County Department of Public Health

Environmental Health

5050 Commerce Drive

Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Phone: (866) 621-2204

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm

 

​Madera County

County Public Health Department

14215 Road 28

Madera, CA  93638

(559) 675-7893

Business Hours:

Mondays, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Marin County

Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Vital Records

10 North San Pedro Road, Room 1014

San Rafael, CA  94903

(415) 473-3288

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

Mariposa County

Mariposa County Health Department

5085 Bullion Street

Mariposa, CA 95338

(209) 966-3689

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Thursday, by appointment only

Mendocino County

Department of Public Health

1120 South Dora Street

Ukiah, CA  95482

(707) 472-2784

Business Hours:

Tuesday, 2pm – 6pm

Thursday, by appointment only

Merced County

Department of Public Health

260 East 15th Street

Merced, CA  95340

(209) 381-1015

Business Hours:

Los Banos: Tuesday, 1pm – 4pm

Merced: Wednesday, 9am – 4pm

Modoc County

Department of Public Health

441 North Main Street

Alturas, CA 96101

(530) 233-6311

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5pm

By Appointment Only

Mono County

Mono County Health Department

437 Old Mammoth Road, #Q

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

(760) 924-1830

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5pm

By Appointment Only

Monterey County

Monterey County Health Department

Vital Records

1270 Natividad Road

Salinas, CA  93906

(831) 755-4520

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Napa County

Department of Public Health

2751 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Bldg. B

Napa, CA 94588

(707) 253-4506

Business Hours:

Thursday, 2pm-4pm

By Appointment Only

Nevada County

Department of Public Health

500 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 110

Grass Valley, CA 95945

(530) 265-1450

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

By Appointment Only

 

Orange County

Health Care Agency

Office of Vital Records

200 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Suite 100-B

Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 480-6717

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

 

Placer County

Community Health

11484 B Avenue

Auburn, CA  95603

(530) 889-7158

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 11:30am; 1pm – 4:30pm

By Appointment Only

Plumas County

Public Health Agency

270 County Hospital Road, Suite 111

Quincy, CA  95971

(530) 283-6330

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Riverside County

Department of Public Health

4065 County Circle Drive, 2nd Floor Room 207

Riverside, CA  92503

(888) 358-7932

Business Hours:

Monday – Wednesday

7:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:30pm

 

Sacramento County

Department of Health and Human Services

7001 A East Parkway, Suite 650

Sacramento, CA  95823

(916) 875-5345

Wednesday, 9am – 4pm

Friday, 9am – 4pm

By Appointment Only

San Benito County

Department of Health & Human Services

351 Tres Pinos Road, #A-202

Hollister, CA  95023

(831) 637-5367

Business Hours:

1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:30pm – 4pm

San Bernardino County

Department of Public Health

340 North Mountain View Avenue

San Bernardino, CA 92415

(800) 782-4264

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

By Appointment Only

San Diego County

Public Health Services

3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 802

San Diego, CA 92110

(619) 692-5723

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm

San Francisco County

Department of Public Health

101 Grove Street, Room 105

San Francisco, CA  94102

(415) 206-5555

Business Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Only, 1pm – 4pm

San Joaquin County

Public Health Services

1601 E. Hazelton Avenue

Stockton, CA  95205

(209) 468-3404

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

By appointment only

San Luis Obispo County

Department of Public Health

2191 Johnson Avenue

San Luis Obispo, CA  93401

(805) 781-5514

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm

San Mateo County

Health System

Office of Vital Statistics

225 37th Avenue, Room 11

San Mateo, CA 94403

(650) 573-2395

Business Hours:

Monday – Wednesday, 8am – 5pm

Thursday, 8am – 4pm

Friday, 8am – 5pm

Santa Barbara County

Department of Public Health

345 Camino Del Remedio, Room 320

Santa Barbara, CA  93110

(805) 681-5150

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 11am; 1pm – 4pm

By Appointment Only

 

​Santa Clara County

Department of Public Health

976 Lenzen Avenue, Second Floor

San Jose, CA  95126

(408) 792-5065

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency

Medical Marijuana Program

Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 454-3431

Call for appointment and directions

Business Hours:

Tuesday, 1pm – 4pm

Wednesday, 1pm – 4pm

Shasta County

Health and Human Sevices

Office of the Director

2615 Breslauer Way

Redding, CA 96001

(530) 225-3689                                                                                                                                                                              Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Sierra County

Department of Health

202 Front Street

Loyalton, CA 96118

(530) 993-6701

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

Siskiyou County

County Public Health and Community Development

806 South Main Street

Yreka, CA  96097

(530) 841-2134

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

Solano County

Department of Public Health

275 Beck Avenue, MS 5-185

Fairfield, CA  94533

(707) 784-8060

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 3:30pm

Sonoma County

Department of Health Services

415 Humboldt Street

Santa Rosa, CA  95404

(707) 565-4442

Business Hours:

Wednesday, 9am – 3pm

Thursday, 9am – 3pm

Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, Public Health

820 Scenic Drive

Modesto, CA 95350

(209) 558-7191

Business Hours:

Thursday, 2pm – 4pm

By Appointment Only

Sutter County

Health and Human Services

1445 Veterans Memorial Circle

Yuba City, CA  95993

(530) 822-7215

Business Hours:

Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

By Appointment Only

Tehama County

Health Services Agency

818 Main Street

Red Bluff, CA  96080

(530) 527-8491

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Trinity County

Department of Health & Human Services

1 Industrial Parkway

Weaverville, CA  96093

(530) 623-8209

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

Tulare County

Department of Public Health

1150 South K Street

Tulare, CA  93274

(559) 685-5710

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

Tuolumne County

Department of Health

20111 Cedar Road N

Sonora, CA  95370

(209) 533-7401

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Ventura County

Ventura County Public Health

2220 East Gonzales Road Suite 200

Oxnard, CA  93036

(805) 981-5301

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

By Appointment Only

Yolo County

Department of Health

137 North Cottonwood Street, Suite 2100

Woodland, CA  95695

(530) 666-8680

Business Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

Yuba County

Yuba County Health and Human Services

5730 Packard Avenue 100

Marysville, CA  95901

(530) 749-6366

Business Hours:

By Appointment Only

 

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