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California Medical Marijuana Card

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.

Finding a Physician

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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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 Telehealth 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.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

  1. Patients are advised to obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from their primary care physician describing the diagnosis of their qualifying condition — *Learn how to request your medical records
  2. To qualify, a California patient needs to be diagnosed by a physician as having one of the following medical conditions that are identified by the law:
    1. Anxiety
    2. Arthritis
    3. Cancer
    4. Chemotherapy Side Effects
    5. Chronic Pain
    6. Fibromyalgia
    7. Glaucoma
    8. HIV-AIDS
    9. Migraine Headaches
    10. Multiple Sclerosis
    11. Radiation Therapy Side Effects
    12. And, any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health
  3. Patients are required to obtain a signed Physician’s Statement from a physician, currently licensed to practice medicine in California — *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.
  5. To register, complete the Application/Renewal Form CDPH 9042
  6. Submit the application form to your country health department (addresses listed below), along with the following
    1. A government-issued photo identification card
    2. Proof of county residence, such as a rent/mortgage receipt, utility bill, or motor vehicle registration
    3. Written documentation from your doctor recommending the use of medical marijuana
    4. Application fee (varies by county – see below)
  7. Upon registration, patients will receive a medical marijuana I.D. card.

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Cost of A Medical Marijuana Identification Card in California

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
Attention: Appeals
MS 5203
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 ***

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

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Alameda County

Alameda County Public Health Department
1000 Broadway, Suite 310
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

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Butte County

Department of Public Health
202 Mira Loma Drive
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-7700
Business Hours:
Thursday, 10am – 2pm

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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

(Not yet accepting applications)

Contra Costa County

Department of Public Health
10 Douglas Drive, Suite 220
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 313-1126
Business Hours:
By Appointment Only

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Del Norte County

Department of Health & Social Services
880 Northcrest Drive
Crescent City, CA 95531
(707) 464-3191
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

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El Dorado County

Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Services Agency
415 Placerville Drive, Suite J
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-6500
Business Hours:
By Appointment Only

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Fresno County

Fresno County Health Department
1221 Fulton Mall, 1st Floor
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 445-3434
By Appointment only
Tuesday 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday 12:30 pm – 4:30pm

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Glenn County

Health Service Agency
240 N. Villa Ave
Willows, CA 95988
(530) 934-6588
Business Hours:
By Appointment Only

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Humboldt County

Department of Public Health
529 I Street
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 445-6200
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm

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Imperial County

Department of Public Health
935 Broadway
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 482-4438
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9am-12pm; 1pm – 4pm

Inyo County

Health and Human Services
1351 Rocking W Drive
Bishop, CA 95314
(760) 872-4245
Business Hours:
Tuesday, 9am – 12pm
Thursday, 1pm – 4pm

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(No Counties listed)

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Kern County

Department of Public Health
1800 Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 868-1220
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

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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

Department of Public Health
241 N. Figueroa Street, Room 128
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 621-2204
Business Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday, 8am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

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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
20 North San Pedro Road, Room 2006
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-3288
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

Mariposa County

Mariposa County Health Department
4988 11th 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
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
(831)755-5013

Napa County

Department of Public Health
2344 Old Sonoma Road, Building G
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 472-2784
Business Hours:
Thursday, 2pm-4pm
By Appointment Only

Nevada County

Department of Public Health
500 Crown Point Circle, Ste. 110
Grass Valley Alturas, CA 96101
(530) 265-1450
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm
By Appointment Only

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Orange County

Department of Health
1200 N. Main Street #100-A
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 480-6717
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm

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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

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(No Counties Listed)

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Riverside County

Department of Public Health
3900 Sherman Drive, Suite G
Riverside, CA 92503
(888) 358-7932
Business Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 8am – 4pm

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Sacramento County

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
1111 San Felipe Road, Suite 102
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4011
Business Hours:
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:30pm – 4pm

San Bernardino County

Department of Public Health
351 North Mountain View Avenue, 2nd Floor
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
1001 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 206-5555
Business Hours:
Monday – Friday, 1pm – 4pm

San Joaquin County

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

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