Updated on January 25, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Or any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits a person’s ability to conduct one or more of major life activities as defined in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the person’s safety, physical, or mental health.
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.