In this article we will try to answer the questions we receive from you:
- Do I still need a medical marijuana card in California?
- Do you need a medical cannabis card to buy from a dispensary in California 2019? Do I need a Medical Marijuana Card at all in California?
- Can I get my medical marijuana card online?
- Can medical marijuana dispensaries accept electronic version of medical marijuana recommendation letter?
Yes, you must have a Medical Marijuana Card (MMJ ID) and a licensed doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana-based products in California in 2019. An MMJ ID card and recommendation allow adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to purchase medical marijuana legally, as well as avoid taxes and have more legal protections. The type of products you can purchase also expands to include more potent types of cannabis along with a greater selection.
But do not worry, it does not take long and is not expensive to apply for a medical marijuana card online. Yes, you heard right, now you can apply 100% online. No need to wait in crowded MMJ clinics with all these people inside. Complete your online medical marijuana card application, wait for a video-call from a licensed Medical Marijuana Doctor and receive your cannabis card right after 420 Doctor approves you, to your email and in 3-5 days you will get it by mail in hard copy. At the same time, you can visit your local 420 doctors if you want to get 420 evaluations done in person.
Do you need a medical card to buy from a dispensary in California?
Yes, a medical marijuana dispensary will accept your electronic version of the medical cannabis card and you are good to buy any medical marijuana products they can offer. To start your online medical marijuana card application signup at MMJ Doctor online app.
MMJ ID Cards expire after 1 year, so it is important that you remember to contact your MMJ doctor to renew.
Click here to schedule your in-person 420 appointments if you need to renew your medical marijuana card.
To get a Medical Marijuana Card, you need a Physician’s Medical Marijuana Recommendation letter and a Valid California Driver’s license, or photo ID with proof of California Residency.
While recreational marijuana use in California is legal, an MMJ ID is still a very good idea. Without an MMJ ID you will have to pay a recreational cannabis user tax of an estimated 16% or more.
With a Bill 420 Recommendation and an MMJ ID (at the cost of approximately $89.00), the savings on tax will be significant and worth the visit to the MMJ Doctor.
California the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana, after Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington.
Even though you can’t buy Medical Marijuana from a medical marijuana dispensary without a medical marijuana card, the good news is that for adults over the age of 18, in California, it is now legal to possess, use, grow and share medical cannabis with other MMJ patients.
Adults can have up to one ounce of buds, or eight grams of vape concentrate, legally.
Bill 420 – The Medical Marijuana Program Act
Bill 420 allows California patients to buy, use, possess and grow Medical Cannabis for personal use, provided they have a medical marijuana card from a state licensed 420 physicians.
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of Cannabis or its cannabinoids as a medication to treat a disease or symptoms of a disease. Some government members believe that Medical Marijuana can reduce vomiting and nausea after chemotherapy. Doctors also believe it improves appetite in patients with HIV/AIDS, treat chronic pain, muscle spasms, and many other medical conditions.
The California State Legislature Passed Bill 420
In 1996, in adherence to the Tenth Amendment in the Constitution, Bill 420 with Prop 215, The California Compassionate Use Act ruled the guidelines for the California Medical Cannabis program as it stands today.
Highlights of 420 Medical Marijuana Bill:
- Ill patients may use, smoke and grow Medical Cannabis when treatment is recommended by a licensed medical marijuana doctor.
- Authorized Primary caregivers may possess or grow Medical Cannabis for their MMJ patients.
- Cannabis Doctors are protected from any state criminal or civil liability for recommending Medical Marijuana to patients who can benefit from it.
Summary of Bill 420 for Medical Marijuana:
- All adults in California can become a legal Medical Cannabis patient when they get a medical marijuana card from a licensed 420 doctor to treat medical marijuana conditions and symptoms.
- Once a patient qualifies, a Medical Marijuana Card (Cannabis ID) is issued.
- Medical Marijuana Card and a recommendation letter allow the cardholder to buy Medical Cannabis from any medical marijuana dispensary in California.
- The legal right to use Medical Cannabis can be established as required by a hard copy medical marijuana recommendation letter, Cannabis ID Card and online verification.
- All MMJ patient information is confidential and cannot be shared with others without patient consent.
- An MMJ ID and recommendation letter legally entitles you to possess, grow, use, and transport Medical Marijuana as a medicine in California. Remember, that some city regulations differ from that of the state, so do not forget to check your local medical marijuana regulations.
- If you test positive for Medical Cannabis, your employer may fire you, even if you have a medical marijuana card.
- Cost of Medical Marijuana Card is not covered by any health insurance, as of today.
The MMJ DOCTOR has created a very simple process to legally access Medical Cannabis
Accessing the MMJ Doctor Online that specifically evaluates for Medical Cannabis means that MMJ will be considered as an important treatment for any and qualifying conditions. If you decide to try Medical Marijuana as a treatment, you must get a Medical Marijuana “Recommendation letter” or “Medical Marijuana Card” from a licensed California Medical Doctor/Physician.
A Marijuana Recommendation is different from a usual prescription and doctors usually use: “I recommend” rather “I prescribe”, to comply with the Prop 215 and California Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
The Medical Marijuana Doctor’s Recommendation letter should include:
- The MMJ Doctors signature.
- The date the MMJ statement was written.
- The MMJ Doctors contact information or a website where Medical Cannabis dispensaries can verify your Medical Marijuana Recommendation.
- The date of expiration of your medical cannabis card.
The MMJ Recommendation statement may include a reason for treatment, the dose, and/or guidelines of use.
The MMJ Doctor has systems in place that make it very simple for medical weed dispensaries to contact them at any time for verification of the physician’s recommendation letter. Here at MMJDOCTOR, we are available 24/7 for verification via our website or phone number. It is also very important that the patient`s medical records are maintained in a HIPAA compliant, secure system such as IndicaOnline.
Information for Medical Marijuana Patients in the year 2019
In 2015, the California Legislature passed (MMRSA or MCRSA) the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, establishing a licensing process for cannabis cultivation and weed dispensaries, etc. at the state level. On January 1, 2016 the law went into effect, and since January 2019, you are legally allowed to purchase recreational marijuana at designated dispensaries.
Cannabis patients are still advised to complete the Bill 420 recommendation, and prospective facilitator applicants are strongly recommended to apply to the state Board of Equalization for a Resale Permit and to get approval from their local authorities. For more information regarding this, please see the state Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation website.
Purchasing Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana products of all types can be purchased from dispensaries all across the state. These products can include the marijuana plant, which can also be grown and cultivated by patients and caregivers. Always make sure you have your MMJ recommendation, MMJ ID, or both when purchasing at a dispensary, as the document and ID card exists as your only ways to buy medical marijuana.
What are the rules for buying recreational marijuana?
All marijuana products, medical or recreational, are purchased at dispensaries.
A medical marijuana card will allow anyone 18 and up to purchase medical marijuana products. As an MMJ card holder, you can receive a few special benefits, such as no tax on products. Adults aged 21 and older are able to purchase one ounce of cannabis per day, with up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate, which can be found in edibles. You will need to go to a dispensary and have a valid ID or driver’s license.
For payment, make sure you have cash on you, as the majority of dispensaries are cash only. This is because marijuana in general is still illegal under the federal government.
As for edibles, not all are created equal, as the amount of edibles you can purchase varies from product to product. Some products contain more cannabis concentrate than others, so you must make sure you are not getting too much to go over the legal carrying limit.
Can you go into a regular dispensary without a card?
Yes! All you need is a valid government-issued ID to show that you are 21 or older. However, regulations will vary by city.
Although growing cannabis in your house is the simplest way to make sure you abide by regulations requiring that home cannabis growing is done in an enclosed and secure way, this does raise some concerns regarding possible robbery (especially if the cannabis grower is bragging about the wonders and value of their marijuana crop). ” A qualified MMJ patient or primary caregiver may keep no more than 8 ounces of dried marijuana per qualified MMJ patient.
In addition, a qualified patient or primary caregiver may also maintain no more than six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants per qualified patient.” Pot cultivators may be able to set up a little 420 greenhouse outside. But in more urban and suburban situations, it may be more difficult to keep the weed plants out of plain sight. You can apply for a Marijuana Grower`s permit and in case if you are approved you can grow up to 99 cannabis plants. Apply here at www.mdberry.com
A Time and A Place
Medical Marijuana cannot be smoked or ingested in a public setting. Businesses, which sell alcohol or tobacco, will not be able to sell Recreational Marijuana. The best place to consume the product is in private residences. However, there may come a time when private events may be hosted for marijuana use, or some businesses may be able to decide to allow consumption on the premises.
Medical Marijuana Edibles
After reports of minors accidentally ingesting Medical Marijuana edibles (because they looked like candy), States are planning on very strict regulation. Cannabis Edibles will have to be a very low dose, with a specified number of milligrams per dose. Packaging will be regulated as well as to not appeal to children and be childproof. There may also be “natural” weed edibles, which would follow the raw, vegan, and super-food variety.
Marijuana cannot be taken across state borders
In every state with legal weed (Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon), weed must be grown and consumed in that state only because of the federal prohibition of the drug. Giving it away, within those states though, is perfectly acceptable. Not all States will allow Medicinal Marijuana across the state border, even with an MMJ ID and a 420 Recommendation. It’s best to check with any State you may travel to.
You can read our article: Mailing medical marijuana – will you get arrested?
Physicians and other licensed medical practitioners may not prescribe the use of medical marijuana. They can only make a written recommendation. If the practitioner is truly professional, the doctor will recommend marijuana for specific diseases and symptoms.
Now, depending on the regulations in your state, that recommendation may only be a form letter with your name, date, patient identification number, and expiration date. It needs the doctor’s signature and an embossed seal. Once you register at the medical cannabis pharmacy, it will accept a digital version or issue a small I.D. card.
If your primary doctor is reluctant to recommend use, you can contact a cannabis specialist, often called a “medical marijuana doctor.” High Times warns that while these “specialists” can be found in most major cities, “it’s not always a pleasant experience to visit one. In fact, more often than not, these evaluation centers are stuck in hard-to-reach places in sketchy neighborhoods.” They have long waiting lines and often overcharge you.
Where permitted by state law, you can connect with a medical marijuana doctor online. You fill out some standard forms and upload any relevant records or medical files. You hold a phone conversation or video chat with the doctor. And, you purchase a recommendation letter or medical marijuana card.
The medical marijuana card and/or official recommendation letter ships in 2 – 3 days in a sealed package. Once you have your medical cannabis card, you can safely enter marijuana dispensaries and make purchases.
The following are well-reviewed recreational marijuana retail stores in states where approved. It is not exhaustive and it not offered as endorsement of their service. But, if you cannot get access to a medical marijuana card and want to shop in these cities and states, here are some options:
Anchorage, AA: Dankorage, located at Benson and Spenard, is run by life-long Alaskans who promise the highest quality in Alaskan products. Owners partner with local artists to offer art, gifts, and handmade goods from the local arts community. Their cannabis products – flowers, edibles, and concentrates are also locally sourced and quality controlled.
Denver, CO: Botanico on Larimar in the RiNO Arts District posts a daily menu on its easy-to-navigate website. The location has a clean, well lit, modern vibe with an adjacent room for massage, shamanic healing, and a detoxing foot bath. They offer medical and recreational products, edibles, concentrates, and more. Reviewers consider their online and in store prices low.
Boulder, CO: Since 2009, The Farm at 2801 Iris Avenue, has pioneered compliance for responsible consumers. They favor super potent local weed raised without additives and pesticides. The Farm has been designated Boulder Weekly’s Best of Boulder in 2015 & 2016, Yellow Scene’s Best of the West in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as many other industry accolades.
Fort Collins, CO: Elite Green Organics at 804 South College boasts “the purest genetics, most prolific buds, and all natural herbs.” They monitor seed-to-sale cultivation. Westword.com calls it “a glorified closet – and a messy one at that.” But, the reviewer enjoyed its retro-hippie atmosphere, “uncorrupted by the money pouring into many of the area’s surviving and thriving dispensaries, like a simple, back-to-basics pit stop on your way to the real adventure.”
Steamboat Springs, CO: The Golden Leaf, at 1755 Lincoln, is one of many locations on the western slopes. Its handsome website sports daily menus for recreational and medical brand name edibles, concentrates, vapors, and recreational CBDs. The site offers apparel, supplies, and information videos.
Bend, OR: High Grade Organics on Bend’s SE Davis invests in cannabis, compassion, and creativity. With education and design, they highlight organic, handled-with-care product raised in Central Oregon. The unique rustic store is constructed of wooden pallets, sheet metal, barn word, and recycled materials. From the walls to the display cases, everything was handcrafted with lots of positive energy.
Portland, OR: The Bridge City Collective has two locations, one on N. Williams and the other on SE Grand. Since 2010, they have offered premium product and education to experienced and new users. The stores sell flowers, clones, seed from their own farm as well as tinctures, extracts, salves, and more. The Potlander says, “Bridge City’s shops aren’t flashy or overly branded—they’re utility shops, with customer bases that fit their locations. The North Williams location caters to neighborhood buyers, while the Grand spot is popular with commuters and office workers on breaks.”
Grants Pass, OR: SkunkRx™ on Rogue River Highway is southern Oregon’s artisan cannabis shop providing indoor grown flower in addition to a wide selection of edibles, tinctures, concentrates and topicals. They promise quality, compassion, and education in the medical and recreational cannabis industry. You’ll find low prices, a varied inventory, and many positive reviews.
Salem, OR: The aptly-named The Joint on Market is located at 3270 Market NE. The local business strives for full customer satisfaction, low prices, good quality medication, and fast service, well documented with multiple 5-star reviews.
Poulsboro, WA: Agate Dreams offers a chance to “Unwrap and Unwind: at 59158 State Hwy 305 NE at a retail cannabis shop operated by the Suquamish Evergreen Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Port Madison Enterprises, an agency of the Suquamish Tribe. It’s the largest selection of recreational product on the Kitsap Peninsula with a variety of cannabis-infused goods including flowers, concentrates, edibles, and lotions. You can even you’re your budtender on their website.
Seattle, WA: American Mary, at 325 NE 45th, calls itself “Seattle’s most highly-rated marijuana shop.” They stock 45 premier strains, joints, concentrates, and edibles as well as a selection of glass, grinders, and vapes. And, you can check out their online menus as well. The closest shop to the University of Washington, it entertains expert and novice users.
Spokane, WA: Sativa Sisters is a recreational marijuana retail store on E. Trent in Spokane, serving the Inland Northwest with the highest quality marijuana from a group of the top regional growers including Nettles Unlimited, Nugreen, and Washington’s Finest. Their website has a long list of inventoried strains plus concentrates and edibles.
It is Illegal to Consume Medical Marijuana and Operate a Vehicle
It’s still illegal to consume medical marijuana and operate a vehicle, boat, aircraft or any other such thing. The exact regulations for determining if a driver is under the influence of marijuana will be set out by the California Highway Patrol.
The fines will be stiff. Medicinal Marijuana is not excluded from this law, even with an MMJ ID and a 420 Recommendation.
“We want people to think about marijuana in a new, different way. It should be something that is perfectly acceptable for adults to do in responsibly. One of the messages that marijuana legalization in USA sends.”
MMJ Doctor offers Exceptional Medical Cannabis Evaluations in San Francisco & San Jose. Our mission is to ensure any patient can be evaluated to see if medical pot is something that can benefit them with their medical conditions. Our California licensed medical Marijuana doctors will never turn away anyone who needs an MMJ evaluation for medical Cannabis.
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