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.
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.