Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
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:
Seizures (including epileptic seizures)
Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that affects someone’s ability to conduct major life activities.
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:
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.
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/
When you work with us at MarijuanaDoctors.com, you’ll have access to:
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.
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
P.O. Box 997410, MS 5202
Sacramento, CA 95899-7410
Once your appeal is reviewed, the public health department’s decision is final.