Apply for a California Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed California medical marijuana doctor online and get approved or your money back!

Getting started only takes a few minutes. Simply sign up, answer a few questions, and schedule your appointment. Everything should be this easy.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

1BOOK AN APPOINTMENT

Schedule an appointment to see a medical marijuana doctor in CA through Veriheal at a time that is most convenient for you. Provide basic medical history and book your appointment with a licensed medical marijuana doctor. If you have medical records for your condition(s), please provide them.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set. Our team would be more than happy to help.

2CONSULT WITH A MMJ DOCTOR

Consult with a doctor either online or in person for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment. After the appointment is complete and if you are approved, the doctor will fill out a recommendation form for medical marijuana. Once you have this you can then apply to the state.

Every patient will need to prove California residency for their application to be accepted by the state of CA.

3GET APPROVED

Once you are approved, you’ll register with the state and submit an application. The state will process your application and notify you of your approval and mail your card. Once you have your card in hand, you can begin purchasing from dispensaries.

In California, patients will need to re-certify their license every other year by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you setup a renewal consultation.

What You Get Using Veriheal in California

2-Year Medical Cannabis Recommendation

Cannabis Consultation

Digital Cannabis Certification

New Patients & Renewals Welcome

100% Money-Back Guarantee

24/7 Customer Service

FREE Personalized Cannabis Consultation Included (usually $59)

Just So You Know...

  • You can book a combo consultation with a friend or family member and you EACH get $10 off your appointment.
  • If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL.
  • Separate from getting your card, you will be able to have a one on one with a world-class cannabis expert to help you take a deeper look at your ailment(s) and how to best leverage cannabis for your own well-being. These appointments are usually $59, but we are including it for free for California patients.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 2 years in California and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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About Cannabis in California

California is the quintessential region for medicinal cannabis, literally the first state to pass a license as far back as 1996. The West Coast region started a trend that remains to this day, with 33 states now having a medicinal cannabis licenses program for qualifying conditions. Twenty-four years since its landmark legislation, California also permits recreational use, making it possible for all residents of 21 years of age or older to benefit from the plant.

Most recently, California defended the right to permit home-delivery cannabis sales statewide, according to the Star Tribune. Also, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order to extend medical cannabis licenses from March 4, 2020, until September 15, 2020, due to COVID-19. It is evident that California has no qualms about making cannabis available to residents who require it medicinally or choose to use it recreationally. Because of the state’s longtime open policy, obtaining a medical cannabis card in the state is relatively simple, with Veriheal making it that much easier.

While the state allows for both medicinal and recreational use, patients with a medical cannabis card can possess larger amounts of the plant than those who do not and are exempt from cannabis tax. These extra benefits as medical cannabis card holder make all the difference for patients who already suffer from a condition that prompts them to use the plant medicinally rather than recreationally.

Caregivers in California

While California’s open policy allows all residents 21 and over to purchase cannabis legally, specific medical prescriptions may only be available to patients with qualifying conditions. Having a medical cannabis license due to a disorder also gives further protection against arrest and privacy. 

Based on California Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act, disorders and conditions that make a resident eligible for the program include: 

The cost for the card in most counties statewide is $100 a year; however, in Sacramento, patients with proof of Medi-Cal benefits only pay $50 a year.  

Who Can Qualify as a Primary Caregiver?

Caregivers must also apply for a medical cannabis license like the patients they monitor. To be eligible for caregiver status, a person must have proof of California residence with a state license or identification card, live in the same county as the patient, and agree to be photographed.

California defines precisely what a caregiver must be to the patient to be considered for a card. Based on the law, a caregiver in the state must be a parent or guardian if the patient is under 18, consistently responsible for the patient’s well-being, help assist the patient with administration if necessary, and must not be the primary care physician of the patient.

Possession and Cultivation Limits in California

Branded perfectly, SB 420 and SB 94 revised the original Compassionate Use Act passed in 1996, amending some of the provisions. Based on the bill, both patients and caregivers are legally allowed to grow or possess up to 12 immature or 6 adult cannabis plants at time. Under no circumstance is a patient or caregiver allowed to sell the cannabis they cultivated or possess since a license to do so is necessary.

Every California county has their own local codes and zoning laws regarding the amount of cannabis patients in their district can cultivate or possess, which is important information for patients to seek out before growing or purchasing the plant. Additionally, patients and caregivers have the right to travel with a certain amount of cannabis, and if confiscated upon a vehicle stop or arrest, the patient or caregiver are legally entitled to have the property returned. Some California cities and counties prohibit cannabis sales and cultivation, which is why it is important to know the local ordinances in which a patient or caregiver resides.

Adults may also be involved in the home cultivation program in California. In their cars, legal customers can carry marijuana, but it must be in a closed container or in the trunk. Marijuana plants must be kept in a closed room which is not publicly noticeable.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a qualified patient, how do I go about getting a California medical marijuana card?

It’s simple. Use the form at the top of this page to begin the process, and Veriheal will begin setting you up with a physician who can evaluate your health and confirm your condition.

The cost for the medical marijuana appointment with Veriheal is $199, with a full guarantee that if not approved, you’ll get your money back. As for the state of California, they charge $100 for the card application fee, which is not necessarily guaranteed.

No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal has set up shop in California to assist residents who wish to apply for a medical marijuana card.

Yes, chronic pain is a qualifying condition.

Yes. To be approved for a medical cannabis license in the state of California, an applicant must provide either a state driver’s license or identification card for proof of residency.

That depends on the state you are visiting, which is why it is important to contact the region in order to find out the medical cannabis rules and regulations.

Patients with recommendations from a doctor may possess greater amounts of marijuana than recreational users, and a medical marijuana ID card issued by the county exempts you from tax on purchases of marijuana.

Places to Visit in California After Enjoying Your Medicine

Home to the stars, Hollywood, California, and the rest of the Golden State shine, with gorgeous weather, landscapes, and endless opportunities for fun from north to south. Residents of northern California enjoy the city of San Francisco, famous for its historic trolley system that rides up and down the steepest hills. At the same time, southern California locals have San Diego to dine, dance, and meet up with friends. As far as California’s west coast, merely driving up Pacific Coast Highway for the day along the oceanfront is exciting enough. With dispensaries statewide, especially in major cities, visitors and locals can turn a trip to purchase cannabis into a day or weekend of fun almost anywhere in California.

Hollywood/Los Angeles

Known for the famous 1923 sign on the hill, Hollywood is one of the most famous cities in the world, and not just because of its gorgeous landscape. Home to A-listers, locals enjoy stars as neighbors or acquaintances at the grocery store. Even locals hang out at some of the cities hot spots for everyday fun. Whether walking the Hollywood Walk of Fame to find your favorite celebrities’ handprint, picnicking in at the Hollywood Bowl, seeing a movie at the Chinese Theater, or hiking up Runyon Canyon, having a good time in Hollywood is inevitable. It’s just a matter of deciding where to do it on what day.

San Francisco

Merely driving over the Golden Gate Bridge to get into the city is awe-inspiring enough, nevertheless hanging out for the day or night in California’s northern metropolis. If the bridge wasn’t sufficient, the historic Golden Gate Park reportedly called California’s Central Park is an excellent place to soak in Mother Nature within the city limits. Of course, famous for cable cars, the age-old San Francisco trolley system rides throughout the city, making transportation a fun activity rather than a chore. Not to mention, Alcatraz Island in San Francisco is famous for confining some of the most notorious criminals. Throw in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Twin Peaks, and the Palace of the Fine Arts, and the northern California city is a must-see.

San Diego

The surf is always up in San Diego, one of the most famous places to ride the Cali waves. While hanging it in the mini-metropolis is cool enough, visiting some of the hottest spots, including Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo, makes it much more impressive. Famous for SeaWorld, San Diego also offers some serious water fun at La Jolla Cove. Ending the day in Old Town is one of the best ways to experience the southern California city, where warm days and cool nights make life seem that much better.

Data Last Updated 10/17/2020

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