Below is a list of most frequently asked medical marijuana questions that we have received. We would love to discuss your condition and help determine if medical marijuana is a option for you.
How do I obtain a Medical Marijuana Card?
You get evaluated by a physician who then determines if your health will benefit from the use of Medical Marijuana.
Does the fact that I’m a patient who’s been issued a Medical Marijuana Card stay confidential?
Much like any other patient-physician relationship, the relationship between a patient and a physician specializing in Medical Marijuana are bound by the same standards of confidentiality established by the US government. No information can or will be released without your written consent.
Do you report my status as a medical marijuana card holder to local law enforcement, state or federal government?
No information gets reported to local law enforcement, state or federal government. Again, as already mentioned, much like any other patient-physician relationship, the relationship between a patient and a physician specializing in Medical Marijuana are bound by the same standards of confidentiality established by the US government. No information can or will be released without your written consent.
I get my marijuana for my medical condition from a friend, but my significant other tells me it’s not good idea and has been on my case to get a Medical Marijuana Card. What do you think?
Getting a Medical Marijuana Card first and foremost gives you access to medical marijuana that’s been tested, which is important for several reasons:
- With medical marijuana that’s tested, you get access to the exact amounts of the different cannabinoids in the marijuana product you’re using. Here’s an example of a label for a marijuana product that’s been tested: With this information in hand, you can then go about using the right combination and strength of cannabinoids to help you with your medical condition. In fact, using the wrong combination or strength of cannabinoids may either not work to alleviate your symptom(s) or cause undesired side effects.
- With a Medical Marijuana Card, you have access to a vast variety of medical marijuana products, whether you’re looking to vaporize, ingest, or apply marijuana topically. You’re not stuck with just what your friend has on hand at the time.
- Testing ensures that the marijuana product you’re using is free of bacteria, molds, and mildews. You don’t want to get yourself sick by inhaling, ingesting or applying marijuana products that are infested with bacteria, molds, or mildews.
- It also ensures that the levels of pesticides and fungicides used to grow the plants are within non-toxic levels. You definitely don’t want to be exposing yourself to toxic levels of pesticides and fungicides.
- Of course, bear in mind, that you also have the option of purchasing organic medical marijuana products that are not grown with pesticides and fungicides. Again, you have access to organic medical marijuana products with a Medical Marijuana Card.
Lastly, given that marijuana use in the state of California is approved for medical use, without a Medical Marijuana Card you run the risk of encounters with the law. Go to
California: Penalties for Possession and Cultivation of Marijuana for
more information on penalties related to possessing and growing marijuana
without a Medical Marijuana Card in the state of California.
What are the laws in California with regards to offenses related to marijuana?
Go to California: Penalties for Possession and Cultivation of Marijuana for further information on this topic.
Does Dr. Patel dispense Medical Marijuana?
Dr. Patel doesn’t dispense Medical Marijuana. It’s actually the place you come to for an evaluation by a doctor for a Medical Marijuana Card, which then makes it legal for you to possess/grow Medical Marijuana within state and county guidelines. In fact, in the state of California, it is illegal for a medical marijuana clinic to also act as dispensaries.
What should I bring with me for the appointment?
1. Documentation that shows that you are a resident of the state of CA and a
form of photo ID. Here are some examples:
- Valid DMV issued California Driver’s License
- Valid DMV issued ID card
- Valid passport plus a temporary DMV form
- Out of State ID plus temporary DMV form
- Expired California driver’s license plus temporary DMV form
- Expired DMV ID plus temporary DMV form
- Valid Resident Card for California
- Any form of a photo ID plus temporary DMV form
- Any form of a photo ID plus an Apartment Lease
- Any form of a photo ID plus a Gas/Water/Electricity Bill
- Any form of a photo ID plus Voter or Car Registration
2. Any medical records you may have on hand.
3. Any previous and current medication bottles you may have.
4. A copy of your previous recommendation, if applicable.
I have concerns about the damage I’ll do to my lungs by smoking Medical Marijuana. What other ways are there to use Medical Marijuana?
There are several other options to use Medical Marijuana. It can be vaporized, ingested, and, even, applied topically.
Do you issue grower’s certificates?
Be aware that grower’s certificates issued by doctors are a farce. This article
provides some excellent information on why:
Can you recommend a dispensary and/or a delivery service?
Per law, in the State of California, a physician and his/her staff cannot assist the patient in obtaining marijuana. So, a physician and his/her staff cannot provide a patient with the name of a dispensary and/or a delivery service. However, a good resource to find a listing of dispensaries and delivery services in your area is www.weedmaps.com.
Now that I have a Medical Marijuana Card, how much marijuana can I grow and possess?
Under Prop. 215, patients are entitled to whatever amount
of marijuana is necessary for their personal medical use. However, patients are
likely to be arrested if they exceed the SB 420 guidelines. SB420 sets a
baseline statewide guideline of 6 mature or 12 immature plants, and 1/2 pound (8
oz.) processed cannabis per patient. Individual cities and counties are allowed
to enact higher, but not lower, limits than the state standard. Go to
Local Cultivation and Possession Guidelines in California
for more information on local growing and possession guidelines.
Where can I obtain further information on Medical Marijuana?
The following websites provide some really great
information on medical and legal topics as related to Medical Marijuana.
State of California Medical Marijuana Program
Senate Bill 420
Compassionate Use Act / Prop. 215
American for Safe Access
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Medical Marijuana Dispensaries California – FAQ’S