How to become a medical cannabis patient in California Q: Who qualifies as a patient?
A: Anyone that is in need of cannabis treatment.
Must be a resident of California over the age of 18
Must have qualifying condition.
Visit a cannabis doctor in your area. To find doctors in your area, Google search "marijuana doctors + your city and zip code
Walk in to the doctor's office, explained your medical conditions and pay doctor's fees.
if the doctor feels that cannabis may help you, he/she will issue a recommendation your cannabis use.
After you get your doctor's recommendaton, go to the Departmen of Health in your county and apply for your state cannabis card. Application Forms Here
Obtaining Medical Marijuana
Q:What conditions make me eligible to obtain medical marijuana?
A: You are possibly qualified for medical cannabis if you have been detected with a specific serious, debilitating or life harmful problem that is associateded with by a connected or complicating condition. By regulation, those problems are: cancer cells, HIV infection or AIDS, amyotrophic side sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, spine injury with spasticity, epilepsy, inflammatory digestive tract illness, neuropathy, and Huntington's disease. The connected or complicating conditions are cachexia or throwing away syndrome, persistent or extreme pain, serious nausea or vomiting, seizures, or serious or consistent muscular tissue contractions.
Q:What is the first step to obtaining medical marijuana?
A: The very first action is speaking to your relieving medical professional regarding whether the medical use of marijuana is appropriate for your problem. If your medical professional determines this is the proper therapy for you and she or he signed up with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program, she or he could issue you a qualification for clinical cannabis.
Q:How can I find a registered doctor?
A: The initial step is talking to your getting rid of medical professional regarding whether the clinical usage of cannabis is proper for your problem. If your medical professional establishes this is the proper therapy for you as well as they signed up with the New York State Department of Health's Medical Marijuana Program, she or he could provide you an accreditation for clinical cannabis.
Q:How can I obtain a certification if my physician is not registered with the Medical Marijuana Program?
A: Communicate with your treating physician to determine if medical marijuana is appropriate for your condition. If your treating physician would like to register with the program, additional information can be found on the Department's website: Practitioner Education for the Medical Marijuana Program.
Q:Can additional medical conditions be added to the list of conditions eligible for medical marijuana?
A: In spite of these thorough testimonials, there is not sufficient clinical proof at this time to sustain the addition of these extra problems to the Medical Marijuana Program. The Commissioner has actually not quit his evaluation, as well as will certainly review brand-new clinical proof as quickly as it comes to be offered. If adequate clinical proof ends up being readily available to sustain the resolution that clinical cannabis will certainly give alleviation to clients experiencing from any kind of extra problems, consisting of these 5, the Commissioner will certainly act swiftly to raise the checklist of protected problems. Q:What forms and dosage amounts of medical marijuana are allowed?
A: The Commissioner should accept any kind of type of clinical cannabis. Authorized types consist of fluids and also oil for evaporation or management by means of inhaler in addition to pills to take by mouth. Under the regulation, cigarette smoking is not allowed
The specialist should consist of the complying with details on the individual's accreditation: the certified brand name and also kind of the accepted clinical cannabis, the management technique, as well as any type of constraints on making use of accepted clinical cannabis item. If a professional has a referral pertaining to dose, it needs to be consisted of on the accreditation, although a suggestion on dose is not a need. The overall quantity of item that could be given could not go beyond a thirty-day supply.
Q:What do I do after I receive a certification from my registered physician?
A: You need to sign up with the Medical Marijuana program with DOH's on-line Patient Registration System when you have a qualification from a signed up doctor. You could locate in-depth guidelines on the enrollment procedure, consisting of ways to sign up in behalf of a small or a person that is or else unable of granting clinical therapy, by seeing: Information for Patients
After your enrollment is refined, you will certainly be released a Registry Identification Card. You could see a giving center to acquire clinical cannabis items as soon as you have actually gotten your computer registry recognition card. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here
Q: When can I expect my registry identification card to arrive?
A: Once the application to register has been submitted successfully and approved, please allow approximately three business days to receive your Patient or Caregiver Registry ID Card. Once you have received your registry ID card you may visit a registered organization's dispensing facility to obtain medical marijuana products. Dispensing facility locations can be found by clicking here
Q:Can I still register if my physician will not provide a certification?
A: No, you may not register without a certification from a registered practitioner.
Dispensing Facilities Q:Where can I find basic information about each Registered Organization?
A: Please visit the following link for information, including links to the Registered Organization's websites: Registered Organizations
Q:Which dispensing facilities may I use?
A: A certified patient may receive medical marijuana products from any dispensing facility of any Registered Organization in the State of California
Q:Will every California dispensing facility sell the same types of Medical Marijuana?
A: No. There are only two California-mandated products for Medical Marijuana (one with an equal ratio of THC to CBD, and one with a low-THC-high-CBD ratio) that must be offered by each Registered Organization. Each Registered Organization will also offer other products that have varying ratios of THC to CBD.The Registered Organizations have worked aggressively to make a variety of products available to patients over the past few months. Additional products will be offered over time as they continue to build upon their operations.
Q:Will patients who are unable to go to a dispensing facility be able to have the product delivered to them?
A: Patients who are unable to go to dispensing facilities should designate a caregiver who can go for them. The Department has requested that each Registered Organization develop a delivery option to ensure full access to patients who are unable to travel to a dispensing facility location due to their medical condition, or if their designated caregivers cannot obtain it for them.
Q:How much medical marijuana can be dispensed?
A: Registered Organizations may dispense up to a 30-day supply of medical marijuana to a certified patient or designated caregiver taking into account any recommendations or limitations identified by the physician on the certification.
Q:What should I do if the approved medical marijuana product is not helping me?
A: Work with your certifying physician to determine if a change in product, change in dose, or discontinuation of the product is appropriate.
Pricing Q:Are prices for Medical Marijuana the same at all of the registered organizations?
A: No. Prices vary among Registered Organizations. The Department worked with a pricing consultant to ensure that pricing is comparable among all dispensing facilities.
Q: Will Medical Marijuana prices change?
A: The Department's approved prices are in effect for the entire period of the Registered Organization's registration, until July 30, 2017. However, at the conclusion of the first year of the registration period, or prior to that date based on documented exceptional circumstances, the Registered Organizations may request a price modification. In addition, if a Registered Organization adds a new product, it must submit revised production costs and other relevant data, along with the proposed price for the new product(s) to the Department for review and approval. Contact us.
Q:Where will patients find the prices of Medical Marijuana?
A: Patients should contact the Registered Organization directly to obtain final prices, taking into account the dosing recommendations of their physician. The total amount that a patient pays depends upon a patient's individual dosing needs and the resultant total quantity purchased.
Q:What is factored into the price?
A: The Department-approved prices are set on a per unit basis and consist of production costs plus a reasonable profit. Prices will vary due to the daily dosage level recommended by their physician and the amounts purchased on a monthly basis.
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