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California’s Eligible Medical Conditions for Cannabis Therapy: What Qualifies?

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Anyone in California who has a current medical marijuana card is able to access medical marijuana. Your MMJ card doctor California must certify that you have a medical condition that qualifies for medicinal marijuana use and must also advise you to use it as therapy in order to obtain a card.

The following conditions are covered by the California medical marijuana program, per the legislation:

  • AIDS
  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Catechism (Wasting Syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Persistent Pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Muscle spasms that persist (including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis)
  • Convulsions (including epileptic seizures)
  • Excessive nausea

Any other long-term or persistent medical condition that makes it difficult for a person to perform important daily tasks.

Understanding California’s Medical Cannabis Program: Essential Information

  • Patients have to be at least 18 years old. Unless the patient has been declared self-sufficient or has been granted emancipation, consent from the patient’s parents or legal guardian is required if the patient is under the age of 18.
  • Patients are required to present identification, such as a driver’s license issued in California or another form of official identification.
  • Patients must be residents of California and provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill, rental or mortgage agreement, or a motor vehicle registration from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
  • Patients must have a qualifying medical diagnosis (see the above list).
  • Patients who want to use medicinal marijuana as a treatment for a specific medical condition must provide written proof of this to their doctor.
  • Patients wishing to obtain a medicinal marijuana identification card must apply in person at their county office. Send in the official program application and a physician reference letter. A version in Spanish is also an option.
  • Patients must apply in person and provide the following information on their application:
  • Pay the application fee, which is $50 for Medi-Cal recipients and $100 for applicants who do not qualify for Medicaid. The county’s medical services program will cover the application fee free of charge for low-income patients.
  • Strike a photo stance.
  • The county has thirty days to verify a patient’s or primary caregiver’s application. County employees have five days from the time the county verifies an application to deliver the patient’s medical marijuana card. It could take up to 35 days after you apply to receive your card. 

Accessing Medical Marijuana in California: What You Need to Know

To apply for a $20 medical card online, simply follow the steps mentioned above. If approved, your medical marijuana card may be used for up to a year. Renewing your card online is possible.

Remember that you can obtain marijuana without a prescription from a physician. Your California doctor only needs to prescribe medicinal marijuana and note your diagnosis in your medical file. That’s it.

In California, primary caregivers are eligible to apply for the medical marijuana program. Primary caregivers are responsible for a qualifying patient’s housing, safety, and well-being. They might be the proprietor of a hospice facility, a licensed clinic, or a home health service. There are a few exceptions, but generally speaking, the primary caregiver needs to be at least 18 years old.

Additionally, anyone visiting a licensed retail establishment over the age of 18 is permitted to purchase marijuana. To purchase marijuana in California, you do not require a medical marijuana card.

You are allowed to own and grow as much cannabis as you need to treat your medical condition if you have an MMJ recommendation in California.

Obtain Your Medical Marijuana Card From Us

For a comprehensive overview of California’s licensed medical marijuana providers, fill out a simple form on our website. We can help you get the medical marijuana relief you require.

The first state in the union to approve medical marijuana was California. Under California law, patients who meet certain requirements can legally obtain and consume marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. Although recreational marijuana use has recently been legalized in California, federal law still prohibits the use of marijuana in any form. Here are some things to think about if you’re thinking about using medical marijuana.

Medical Marijuana Laws in California: Navigating Local, State, and Federal Regulations

Since 1996, California has permitted the use of medical marijuana and cannabis through Proposition 215—also known as the “Compassionate Use Act” (Cal. Health & Safety (H & S) 11362.5). The “Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act” (also known as “MAUCRSA”) was passed by the legislature after Proposition 64 was approved, creating a single set of regulations for both medical and recreational marijuana. (For additional details, visit www.canorml.org/Cal NORML Guide to AUMA to view NORML’s overview.)

These laws permit and control the production, distribution, testing, dispensaries, transportation, and manufacturing of marijuana for commercial use; permits are required from local and state governments. 2018 saw the availability of temporary state licenses on January 1.

These limitations largely do not affect individual patients as long as they grow only for their own personal use and keep their growing space to 100 square feet, which can accommodate up to 99 plants for personal use. If primary caregivers cultivate up to 500 square feet for up to five patients’ personal medicinal use, they are free from the new restrictions.

Municipal and County Ordinances

Many counties and cities have banned or strictly regulated marijuana production and dispensaries. There could be a unique set of ordinances for each county and city. The vast majority can be accessed online.

Links to tools for monitoring changes and a map of local ordinances are provided on our page about recreational marijuana laws. You can always go straight to the county or city code to confirm the most recent version of the law.

Federal Statutes

The use, possession, and distribution of marijuana are all forbidden by federal law. Code of U.S. et seq. Federal law supersedes California law, and neither can there be any exceptions or special considerations for medical reasons.

Attorney General candidate Merrick Garland, who has since been confirmed, declared in February 2021 that he would bring back the Obama administration’s “Cole Memorandum,” which said that the Justice Department would not prosecute citizens of states that had legalized and regulated marijuana. MJBizDaily.com, February 22, 2021, “Attorney General candidate Garland shows a more accommodative attitude toward marijuana.” One of the top priorities for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is federal decriminalization. (“Schumer: Senate will move on marijuana legalization with or without Biden,” Politico.com, April 3, 2021)