In 1996 California became the first state to pass a “Compassionate Care Act (CCA).” Under the new law, individuals who are over the age of 21 and suffer from one or more specific diseases can apply for a medical marijuana card. The rules concerning patients under 21 are slightly different but they are still eligible for medical certification.
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Between the ages of 18 and 21, patients who have a qualifying diagnosis can get a medical marijuana card with their doctor’s approval much like those over 21 however those under the age of 18 must have their parent’s approval along with the recommendation of a physician. If a minor has been certified, they must have a licensed caregiver that is willing to purchase and transport any marijuana products for them. Minors are not allowed to buy products on their own.
A designated caregiver must “consistently assume responsibility for the housing, health or safety of the patient.” Unless the recommendation written by your medical marijuana provider states otherwise, the legal limit that a primary caregiver can legally possess is eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature plants for personal cultivation.
Recreational users under 21 are not allowed to purchase cannabis in adult-use pot shops but they are still able to purchase medical marijuana from any licensed medical marijuana dispensary or delivery service. If you are under 21 and want to speak with a licensed medical marijuana doctor and get your cannabis card please complete this form and our doctor will get back to you during our business hours. We are open 7 days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. You can walk in and speak with our doctor in-person or via secure video chat.
Medical Marijuana Appointment
Before an individual can legally purchase marijuana in California, they must have a recommendation from a licensed physician. The first step is to find out if your primary care physician participates in the medical marijuana program. If your physician does not participate in the program, you can make an appointment with one that does. Patients are encouraged to find one in their area, or they can use the website, mmjdoctor.com for a listing throughout the state.
During your appointment, the physician will need all documentation supporting your qualified diagnosis as well as any relevant diagnostic tests, x-rays, or MRIs. In most cases, you don’t need any medical records at all. While most physicians are familiar with the medical benefits of marijuana for a specific disease and are willing to help you obtain the necessary paperwork, others might be more conservative. Be prepared to discuss any traditional medications that you may have used in the past and what effects, if any, they had on your particular condition. Once the physician is satisfied that a medical marijuana recommendation is right for you, they will provide the necessary documentation you need.
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When the CCA was first passed, the state had a specific list of conditions that would qualify for medical marijuana use. The list consisted of the following:
- Anxiety, Stress, Depression
- Chronic Pain
- Persistent muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis
- Severe nausea
- Any other chronic or persistent medical symptoms that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or if not alleviated may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.
The Act also set aside a provision for the inclusion of “illness for which marijuana provides relief.” This inclusion effectively allows doctors to use their discretion when recommending medical marijuana.
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Online medical recommendations are also an accepted form of medical consultation in California as long as the service has been licensed. Telemedicine is arguably becoming one of the most popular ways to see your physician for non-life-threatening issues. It is convenient and allows patients to skip the lines at clinics.
Unfortunately, not all online providers are legitimate. Fraudulent services do not follow medical marijuana telemedicine guidelines. Any recommendation they provide is not valid and in many cases may be a violation of laws. As an example of the most popular fraudulent providers, we can name: mmjdoctoronline.com and 420evaluationsonline.com
Just like with any other scam, fraudulent websites that advertise medical marijuana recommendations are only interested in getting as much money as they can. Not only do they charge patients for documentation that will not help them obtain their MMJ card, they often commit other crimes such as placing fraudulent charges on your credit or debit cards. Be sure to do your due diligence before becoming a victim of one of these services. Only use reputable services and check for reviews. Don’t be afraid to contact the service via telephone; only legitimate services will provide the necessary information to aid you in your search.
At MMJ Doctor we make sure that all doctors are California Medical Board licensed physicians and you do actually speak with a doctor, not just buying a fake paper.
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Dispensaries in California
Once you have received your medical marijuana card, you can visit one of the many dispensaries in your area. Be sure to bring your card as well as your government-issued ID with you as you will not be permitted to purchase anything without it. Although some dispensaries may have an atm on the premises, they are often empty so be sure to bring cash with you because most don’t accept anything else.
If you are a first-time patron, you may want to spend a little quality time with the budtender, the people who work in the dispensary. They are the most knowledgeable when it comes to the different strains and the various types of products available. Patients are often surprised by just how different each product can be. Along with the traditional dried versions that are used to roll joints, dispensaries usually carry other modes of consumption. Edibles, vapes, concentrates, oils, and seeds are available at quality dispensaries. A good understanding of how each works and any paraphernalia that is required will help patients get the most out of their medical marijuana.
If you have any questions feel free to call us or send us a message via FB chat at the bottom of this page. To start the process please complete this form – Medical Marijuana Card. You will get your cannabis card the same day.
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