Updated on January 28, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
As per California medical marijuana law, the state Department of Public Health established a voluntary medical cannabis ID system, to issue medical marijuana cards (also referred to as cannabis cards, pot cards, or marijuana cards), to qualified patients with a doctors recommendation. California’s medical marijuana law was amended with Senate Bill 420, adding additional protections, to the Compassionate Use Act.
The Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) provides a voluntary medical marijuana identification card and registry program, to qualified patients and their caregivers. The registry system allows for the validation and verification qualified patients, or caregiver’s, medical marijuana status. A medical marijuana card authorizes the patient or caregiver to use, possess, cultivate, transport, and/or use, medical marijuana. While it is advisable, it is NOT mandatory for patients to obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card, in order to receive the full legal protection, of California’s Medical Marijuana law.
With more and more practices opening in California, it’s easier than ever for patients to get a medical marijuana card. Patients can use our database of certified physicians to find a local 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.
In compliance with The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, we would like to include the following statement:
“NOTICE TO CONSUMERS: The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 ensures that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use cannabis for medical purposes where medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of medical cannabis. Recommendations must come from an attending physician as defined in Section 11362.7 of the Health and Safety Code. Cannabis is a Schedule I drug according to the federal Controlled Substances Act. Activity related to cannabis use is subject to federal prosecution, regardless of the protections provided by state law.”
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The MMP is administered by each individual count, so therefore fees vary by county. Please contact your local county program, for the exact fee amount, in your area.
* Please note: If your application for a Medical Marijuana Identification Card is denied, you may file an appeal. There is NO cost for submitting an appeal. Complete and submit an Appeals Form directly to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), within 30 calendar days from the date of your denial notice, that you received from your county program. Attach a copy of your denied application, to the Appeals Form, and mail to:
California Department of Public Health
County Health Services Branch
Medical Marijuana Program
P.O. Box 997413
Sacramento, CA 95899-7413
*** Be sure to sign and date your Appeals Form. By signing your appeals form, you are giving your consent to have your county program release all information they have in your application file, to the CDPH. This information will be used to evaluate your appeal. A notice of the decision regarding your appeal will be sent to you and your county’s program. All appeal decisions by the CDPHs Medical Marijuana Program are FINAL. Your application may be denied if you failed to provide all the required information, your county program determined the application information was false, or you did not meet the requirements for being a qualified patient or primary caregiver. For more information about denials, see Health and Safety Code Section 11362.74 ***