Apply for a California Medical Marijuana Card

Talk to a licensed California medical marijuana doctor and get approved or your money back! If you are not approved for medical cannabis by a doctor for whatever reason, we issue a refund in FULL

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

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Legal Status

Medical & Recreational

Possession Limits

Medical patients

No Limit

Recreational users


1 oz

State Taxes

Medical patients


Recreational users




How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

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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.


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.


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 medical marijuana dispensaries.

Medical marijuana law in California requires patients to re-certify their license every year by seeing a licensed physician again. Veriheal will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

What You Get Using Veriheal in California

1-Year Medical Cannabis Recommendation

Cannabis Consultation

Digital Cannabis Certification

New Patients & Renewals Welcome

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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.
  • Your recommendation is valid for 1 year in California and you will need to re-certify your license with another appointment when it expires.

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Medical Cannabis Savings Taxes explained and the benefits of getting your medical card in California

Recreational Marijuana Taxes in California

23.25% and up (15% excise tax + 7.25% sales tax + 1% local tax,
before additional municipal taxes up to an additional 15%)

Medical Marijuana Taxes in California

15% excise tax + municipal taxes


Estimated Savings Having a Medical Marijuana Card

Upwards of 23.25%!

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About Cannabis in California

Recently in California cannabis reform, Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 128 into law, granting state regulators the authority to license Cannabis Event Organizers. Organizers are defined under the law as “a licensee authorizing onsite cannabis sales to, and consumption by, persons 21 years of age or older at a county fair event, district agricultural association event, or at another venue expressly approved by a local jurisdiction.”

California is the quintessential region for medicinal cannabis as it was 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 license program for qualifying conditions. Twenty-four years after its landmark legislation, California permitted recreational use, making it possible for all residents of 21 years of age or older to benefit from the plant.

Most recently, California state law 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 a 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 is 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.

Steps to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

You’ll have to start with filling out the application form for the Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) Program. Then to complete your application you must include copies of the following items:

Reciprocity for Out of State Residents

Marijuana is legal for all residents and visitors to California because of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. However, there are benefits for non-residents to become medical marijuana patients and get their med card within the state. 

By being part of the medical marijuana program out of state patients can avoid a 15% sales tax that recreational cannabis users must pay when they purchase marijuana. Non-residents in the state of California need to get both a medical marijuana ID card and a doctor’s recommendation to buy medical cannabis. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a medical marijuana card in California?

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.

To qualify for a medical card, you must be 18 or older with proof of California residency and one or more qualifying conditions. To apply, you must also provide a written recommendation from your doctor.

Setting up an appointment with Veriheal costs only $99 in California. If you’re not approved for medical cannabis use, this fee will be refunded to you.

After approval, the state charges $100 for a medical card application fee.

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 for the medical use of cannabis in CA.

Patients that live out-of-state should make an appointment to talk with and be evaluated by a licensed physician in the state of California, just like a typical state resident would. You can use your out of state ID, passport, or other photo ID with proof of residency. You can use a bank statement, utility bill, or rental agreement as proof of residency. However, you must be in the state at the time of the consultation.

Under California law, patients or caregivers can possess up to 8 ounces of cannabis.

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 sales tax on purchases of marijuana.

Medical cannabis has been legal in CA since 1996. Dispensaries in California carry a wide variety of products, and medical cannabis patients are able to purchase all types of medical marijuana products such as dry cannabis flower, tinctures, edibles, extracts, concentrates, and vapes.

Under cannabis law, patients or caregivers can grow or possess up to 12 immature or 6 adult cannabis plants at a time.

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 09/14/2023

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