How Do You Get Your Medical Card in California?

How Do You Get Your Medical Card in California?

Do you need a medical marijuana card in California?

Even though cannabis is legal in California, some people still choose to get a medical marijuana card. There are a few benefits of having a medical card. However, you do not need one in order to purchase cannabis.

California legalized cannabisv for medical use in 1996 under the Compassionate Use Act. In 2016, adult-use cannabis was legalized under Proposition 64. Following that, legislature passed the Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) which created a combined regulatory system for both medical and recreational marijuana.

What are the benefits of possessing a medical card?

Any adult age 21 or over can buy cannabis in the state, but MACRUSA allows patients who have a doctors recommendation are able to grow or possess more cannabis than those without one.

MAUCRUSA set the following cannabis possession limits for adults 21 and over:

Up to 1 ounce, or 28.5 grams of flower, up to 8 grams of concentrate and up to six living cannabis plants in there home.

However, a patient with a medical marijuana card can possess up to 8 ounces, or 227 grams, of dried marijuana and may have up to six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants in there home.

Patients with medical marijuana cards are also exempt from paying cannabis sales tax, which could reach upwards of 30%.

How Do You Get Your Medical Card in California?
California law does not require people to have a medical card in order to legally purchase cannabis.

How to get a medical cannabis card in CA

If you are wondering how to get a medical card in California, keep reading.

Those who would like to possess a Medical Marijuana ID Card (MMIC) must get it through a county program. They cannot get one through an attending physician or evaluation center.

You can check the county offices and contact information page for contact information regarding the MMIC program in each participating county.

Patients who are applying for an MMIC have to live in the county where there application is submitted in fill out an application. They also need to submit a copy of there medical marijuana recommendation, proof of ID, and proof of residency. The fees vary from county to county but they cannot exceed $100.

How Do You Get Your Medical Card in California?
A patient with a medical marijuana card can possess up to 8 ounces.

Requirements to get a medical card

Wondering how old you have to be to get a medical card in California and what the requirements are?

Patients must be over 18 years of age to obtain a medical marijuana card.

Qualifying patients may suffer from the following medical conditions:

  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Persistent muscle spasms, including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures, including seizures associated with epilepsy
  • Severe nausea
  • Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct a major life activity as defined in the 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 role of a caregiver

If a cannabis patient is unable to care for themselves, they may appoint a caregiver. A primary caregiver is a person responsible for the health, safety, and housing of a patient. In order to be a primary caregiver, a person must be at least 18 years of age or be an emancipated minor. They can also be the parent of a minor child who is a patient. Caregivers must provide a valid ID and must apply in person along with the patient. Caregivers are allowed to possess up to 8 oz of dried cannabis per patient and can maintain six mature cannabis plants or 12 mature cannabis plants.

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