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California was the first U.S. state to pass medical marijuana legislation with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Residents with qualifying medical conditions have been able to treat them using cannabis since 1996. As societal attitudes have evolved, California has continued to make medicinal cannabis more accessible to its residents.

The medical community's understanding of marijuana's treatment value has grown over the last 25+ years. In response to that evolving knowledge, California expanded its list of qualifying conditions and the scope of residents’ access to medical cannabis.

Today, Californians who require higher doses or larger supplies of cannabis can apply for medical marijuana cards with a doctor's recommendation. These MMJ cards allow them to purchase and possess more cannabis than they’d normally be able to under the state’s recreational marijuana laws.


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What is a California Medical Marijuana Card?

If you have a qualifying medical condition and need more cannabis than the current recreational cannabis possession limits allow, a healthcare provider can issue you a recommendation for cannabis for medical use. That form will permit you to exceed the state’s recreational possession limits and obtain a card through the state’s Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP).

California recognizes that certain medical conditions require higher amounts of cannabis when it comes to symptom management. That’s why a resident with a recommendation from a marijuana doctor can:

  • Purchase more cannabis at a single time from state dispensaries
  • Purchase cannabis products with higher levels of THC
  • Legally possess more cannabis
  • Cultivate more plants in their home

To apply for a medical marijuana card in California, you will need to obtain a written recommendation from a licensed doctor. The doctor will evaluate your medical history and symptoms to determine if cannabis treatment is suitable. They may also address any questions you have. If they deem cannabis beneficial for your condition, they'll provide the recommendation.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in California

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Schedule a Visit with a Medical Marijuana Doctor

The Sanctuary can connect you with licensed California providers who can provide a recommendation for a medical marijuana card based on your qualifying conditions.

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Meet with your doctor in a brief examination

Your medical marijuana doctor will conduct a brief yet comprehensive examination to confirm your suitability for medical marijuana and explain its benefits, risks, and possible side effects so you understand how cannabis will impact your medical condition.

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Submit your application to your county health department

Visit your county’s department of health website and find their medical marijuana card application. Typically you will need to provide a copy of your physician’s recommendation, proof of identity, and proof of residence. The county will verify your application and make its determination within 35 days of receiving it.

California Medical Marijuana Card Renewal

Patients' medical marijuana cards are valid for one year from the date of their issuance. The expiration date of your card will appear on your card. Caregivers’ cards expire when their qualifying patient's cards expire, even if that date happens to be less than one year from the card’s issuance.

The renewal process is the same as the initial application process. Your county may require supplemental medical records in addition to photo identification and proof of residency. Check with your local health department to verify its requirements.

Where Can You Buy California Medical Marijuana?

The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) licenses and regulates marijuana retailers. Only authorized facilities sell medical-grade cannabis subject to safety and quality standards. Locations include:

California Medical Marijuana Card Conditions

Medical marijuana is available in California for a variety of medical conditions. It's crucial to talk to your doctor about your symptoms because some chronic ones that don't respond to medical treatment may qualify you for California's medical marijuana program.

Learn more about California's qualifying conditions on our site's guide.

Call or text (484) 346-5140 with any questions and to schedule your evaluation!

Under California law, your physician can recommend cannabis to help you manage the symptoms of any of these medical conditions:

Frequently Asked Questions

The total cost of your card will depend on your county of residence. While California sets the laws and regulations at the state level, card applications are handled by each county government. The maximum you can pay in California is $100. If you are Medi-Cal eligible, the maximum cost is $50.

Anyone over 18 years old can apply for a medical marijuana card as a qualified patient or serve as a caregiver for a qualified patient.

Patients under 18 can obtain a medical marijuana card from their county with their parent or legal guardian's consent. Guardians of qualified minors may apply as primary caregivers.

A patient under 18 can apply for a card as a qualified patient without a caregiver if they are legally emancipated or declare self-sufficiency status. County health departments may require additional documentation in such cases.

Yes--you must apply for your card from the county in which you reside. Your application will require proof of residency. Check with your local government to verify its acceptable forms of residence verification.

It depends. Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah accept out-of-state medical marijuana cards to varying legal extents.

When traveling, you must follow the regulations and possession limits of the state(s) you visit, not California’s. Research these laws before traveling to verify the eligibility criteria of your destination.

Only adults over 21 years old can purchase cannabis in California without a written recommendation from a doctor. You can only purchase and possess marijuana that exceeds the bounds of the state’s recreational laws with a medical marijuana identification card (MMIC). In addition, cannabis purchases are only tax-exempt if you have a marijuana card.

No--California does not accept out-of-state medical marijuana ID cards. Still, recreational users over 21 years old can purchase up to 1 ounce of cannabis or 8 grams of concentrate under the state’s recreational marijuana law.

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