Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in California

California has quite a complex system regarding rules and regulations. At the moment, California’s Medical Marijuana Programme (MMP) cannot provide information on acquiring marijuana. The MMP also has no jurisdiction over medical marijuana cooperatives, dispensaries or collectives. Essentially, different jurisdictions in California have different rules.

Patients must have a valid recommendation letter from a physician in order to buy from a medical marijuana dispensary. Registering onto the MMP and getting a MMJ card is voluntary, but highly recommended, as it makes life easier for patients! Patients must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply for a medical marijuana card. Those younger than 18 may be able to get a hold of medical marijuana via their parents regiatering as caregivers.

Medical marijuana patients can possess up to eight ounces of marijuana on their person. They can grow up to 99 plants with the appropriate grower’s license. Patients may be able to cite a defense of medical necessity in court if they have an appropriate license and growing more than 6 mature or 12 immature plants.

If you’re looking to get yourself a recommendation and California Medical Marijuana Card (MMC), get in contact with Leafwell as soon as possible. You may book an appointment over the phone, online or in-person. We can do check-ups online, too. You do not need to have a prior relationship with a doctor in order to get a recommendation – this can be done away from your primary doctor.

Those who qualify for a medical marijuana card are exempt from the sales tax and, due to some oversights on the regulations surrounding Prop. 64, may well be exempt from any tax on medical marijuana until January 1st 2018.

Here’s how to get a hold of a Medical Marijuana Card in California …

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Telehealth/telemedicine available. Leafwell and the doctors on the Leafwellplatform are licensed to practice in California (and, at the moment, California only), and so can recommend qualifying patients with a medical marijuana card. No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in California. However, it is recommended that you have a primary care physician who can corroborate your condition and knows that you use medical marijuana, especially if you are using it to replace other medications.


$49 for recommendation. $59 for recommendation and medical marijuana card. $149 for rec, mmj card and grower’s license (up to 99 plants).

How Old Do I Have to Be to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Card?

18 years old or over. Caregivers must be 18 years old or over.

How Long Does it take to Get My MMJ Card?

You receive your recommendation letter immediately on approval and a hard copy with the doctor’s seal in the mail 3 – 5 days later.

When can I visit a medical marijuana dispensary?

As soon as you have qualified for a physician’s recommendation in your email, so almost immediately. However, we recommend having both a recommendation and a card. It is worth remembering that not all dispensaries allow for recreational sales, and certain cities and jurisdictions in California still restrict the types of cannabis-related businesses that can operate there. Recreational dispensaries are therefore not everywhere to be found in California.

Possession Limit (Medical Marijuana Patients)

Possession limits are not specified. Technically, a doctor can recommend as much as is needed for a person’s condition. However, it is still best to be careful and not carry too much wherever possible.

Qualifying Conditions

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy Side-Effects
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Diseases (IBDs, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Coeliac Disease)
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps arising from Conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS),
  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Radiation Therapy Side-Effects
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures and conditions that cause seizures (e.g. Epilepsy)
  • Any chronic or persistent condition/symptom limits the ability for the sufferer to conduct one or more major life activities (e.g. eating, movement).


Medical Marijuana Laws in California –  a Basic History

No prior relationship with a physician is required in order to qualify for medical marijuana in California. However, doctors must be licensed to practice in California before they can recommend cannabis for a patient in California.

California voters approved Ballot Proposition 215 in 1996.

Senate Bill 420 (SB420) was amended, imposing statewide guidelines on how much a patient may possess or cultivate in 2004.

California Attorney General Jerry Brown releases the guidelines for law enforcement and medical marijuana patients, entitled “Guidelines for the Security and Non-division of Marijuana Grown for Medical Use”.

Attorney General Jerry Brown signs three bills – AB 243, AB 266 and SB 634. These laws clarified the licensing requirements for cultivation, transportation, distribution and so on.

November 8, 2016 – Proposition 64 is passed and marijuana is legal for recreational use.

There are technically no possession limits for medical marijuana patients – they are allowed to have “as much as is deemed necessary by their doctor.” Recreational users may carry up to a maximum of 28.5 grams of bud/flower or up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.

Home cultivation is allowed – 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants at any one time. Up to 8 ounces of usable, dried cannabis in one’s own home at any one time. However, those with a Grower’s License may cultivate up to 99 plants at one time.

Caregivers may have a maximum of five patients under their care.

California does not have reciprocity with other states, meaning dispensaries do not see out-of-state medical marijuana cards as valid. Arizona, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Michigan recognize a valid, in-date medical marijuana identification card and recommendation letter from California. However, entrance into another state’s medical cannabis dispensaries is at the dispensary’s discretion. Usually, most dispensaries will not allow an out-of-state medical cannabis user to enter their premises.

Taxes on cannabis may reach as high as 45% for non-medical users. Medical marijuana users escape sales taxes but must still pay the excise tax of 15%.

Once you have your medical marijuana card – which can take between a few days and 30 days to process and issue  – you can start enjoying your city’s and neighborhood’s medical marijuana and extracts.

And that’s that! As you can see, getting a hold of a Medical Marijuana Card in California needn’t be as complex as one might think. So call us today and get your medical marijuana card sooner than you think. So book an appointment with Leafwell today, and see what we can do to help you. We can take examinations online.

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If you live in California and believe you could qualify for medical cannabis, then get in touch with Leafwell today and we can get you a physician’s recommendation letter right away, and get your medical marijuana card application completed!

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