How to get a Medical Marijuana Card
To obtain a medical marijuana card in California, patients must have a qualifying medical condition and a physician's recommendation. The qualifying conditions include cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient's safety, physical, or mental health.
After obtaining a physician's recommendation, patients must register with the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) through the California Department of Public Health. The MMP provides a registry identification card to qualified patients, which allows them to purchase and possess cannabis from licensed dispensaries.
What are the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use in California?
The following medical conditions qualify a person for a medical marijuana card in California:
- Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
- Chronic pain
- Persistent muscle spasms
- Severe nausea
Any other chronic or persistent medical condition that limits the ability of the patient to conduct one or more major life activities