California Medical Cannabis Qualification
Who Qualifies for Medicinal Cannabis in California
On November 5, 1996, California’s Proposition 215 was the first medical Cannabis initiative to pass in the United States, making California the very first medical Cannabis state. Proposition 215, AKA Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, or CUA, decriminalized the cultivation and use of medical Cannabis (also referred to as medical weed, medical pot or medical Marijuana) by seriously ill individuals who receive a state licensed physician’s recommendation. The amount of Cannabis that patients may possess and/or cultivate varies by city and county. Under California medical Cannabis law, the state Department of Public Health established a voluntary medical cannabis ID system, which issues medical Cannabis cards (also referred to as Marijuana cards, pot cards, or Cannabis cards). California’s medical Cannabis law was amended in 2004 with Senate Bill 420, which added additional protections to the Compassionate Use Act.
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA
You must be a California Resident with a valid California I.D. as proof of residency. If you do not have a California I.D. an out of state I.D., passport, or other photo I.D. with proof of residency such as bank statement, utility bill, etc. is acceptable.
You must obtain legitimate medical records or documentation from your primary care physician describing their diagnosis.
You must be 18 years of age or, if under 18, be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
You must obtain a medical Cannabis recommendation from a state licensed physician stating you will benefit from the medicinal use of cannabis.
WHAT AILMENTS CAN BE TREATED WITH MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Under California’s medical Cannabis law, patients may be recommended Cannabis for the following conditions:
Chemotherapy Side Effects
Radiation Therapy Side Effects
MEDICAL CANNABIS ACCESS
Some medical Cannabis patients will claim they have a doctor’s prescription for medical Cannabis, but Cannabis prescriptions are in fact illegal. The federal government classifies Cannabis as a schedule I drug. Therefore doctors are unable to prescribe Cannabis to their patients, and medical Cannabis patients cannot go to a pharmacy to fill a prescription for medical Cannabis. Instead, medical Cannabis physicians will supply patients with a medical Cannabis recommendation in compliance with state law.
According to California medical Cannabis laws, patients and their caregivers may cultivate their own medical marijuana or they may purchase their medicine from cannabis collectives and cooperatives. Senate Bill 420 explicitly allows for collectives and cooperatives and there is nothing in state law to prohibit collectives and cooperatives from dispensing medical Cannabis.