Please Note: Due to higher than usual medical marijuana card applications, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is prioritizing applications for renewals. For this reason, you may experience some delay in receiving your Maryland medical marijuana card. However, this will not affect the delivery of your Online Medical Card recommendation.
Simple Steps to Apply for a Medical Marijuana Recommendation Online
If you are ready to hop into a life of health and happiness, go ahead and follow these simple steps to get a medical marijuana recommendation in California from our telemedicine platform.
1. FILL A PRE-QUALIFICATION FORM
Spare 10 minutes from your day and register on our website. Fill the pre-qualification form for an online consultation. You can also apply for a consultation via phone call.
2. TALK TO A MEDICAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
Have a consultation with our doctor via video call. Be transparent and answer all questions in detail. You can also turn the table and clear your queries about medical cannabis with the doctor.
3. RECEIVE RECOMMENDATION
Upon approval, you will receive the doctor’s recommendation in your email on the same day. If you fail to qualify, we will give you a 100% refund.
Quick and Simple Online Process For Recommendations
Getting a medical marijuana recommendation is not a hefty task anymore. We have designed a safe and secure online platform that aims to reduce the hassle and make the entire evaluation process easier and convenient for everyone.
Don’t worry about clearing your schedule. Just spare 10 minutes of your time and follow a simple process to have a consultation online. Connect with certified physicians and receive your recommendation on the same day (if approved).
Apply for a Recommendation From Your Home
We are living in a time of smart technology. We have incorporated this technology into our services which allows us to reach out to our patients and provide our expert guidance as remotely as possible.
With a carefully designed online platform, we are able to bring the guidance of the state’s best experts to your home. Our services comply with the HIPAA guidelines to make the entire process safe and secure for all our patients. Apply now and get your recommendation by email within 24 hours.
Benefits of Getting a Medical Marijuana Recommendation in California
A doctor’s recommendation is not just your key to buying and using marijuana in the state. It also opens the door for a number of exclusive privileges that are only applicable to a medical patient with a legit marijuana recommendation from a licensed doctor.
A California medical marijuana recommendation comes along with the following benefits:
As per state laws, medical cannabis patients are exempted from paying sales and use tax on every purchase. In addition to this, you can ask for lower prices or special discounts while buying the herb. It allows you to save as much as 28% on medical cannabis.
You can visit all state medical dispensaries and buy high potency strains and products without restrictions. You can also grow more than 6 cannabis plants at home if your doctor approves a higher limit for your medical condition.
One of the primary benefits of a medical cannabis recommendation is the legal protection it provides in the state. You get the leverage to buy, use, grow and even travel with medical cannabis without legal problems.
Higher Possession Limits
Every citizen in California who is 21 years and older can possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis without facing a criminal prosecution. As for those with a California medical marijuana recommendation, the limit is increased to 8 ounces per person.
A patient must be 18 years or older to qualify for a doctor’s recommendation in California. However, if a minor has a debilitating medical condition, they can also apply for a legal caregiver and get approved for a recommendation by a licensed doctor.
Increased Grow Limits
In the state of California, anyone above the age of 21 years can grow 6 mature marijuana plants per parcel of land. With a medical cannabis recommendation, you can ask your doctor for a grower’s license and grow up to 99 plants at home.
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How Does a Medical Marijuana Recommendation Work?
A medical marijuana recommendation works by providing legal security to the patient for the purpose of buying, using, possessing and growing marijuana in California. As long as you have a legit recommendation, you can use it to visit state-dispensaries and also travel while in possession of the green herb without legal issues.
Having an MMJ recommendation is like having an identity proof for using medical cannabis. Holding a recommendation states that you are a qualified patient and is duly approved by a licensed doctor to consume the herb as a medication.
Authorities will accept this recommendation and not question you or charge you for using or possessing marijuana.
Who Qualifies For a Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
As per the California state medical marijuana program, a patient qualifies for a medical marijuana recommendation if they are of the legal age and are suffering from a health condition that is qualified by the law. Additionally, you must also have a residency proof and a state-issue ID card.
The Medical Marijuana Program of California qualifies the following medical conditions and symptoms for a medical marijuana recommendation letter in the state.
- Persistent Muscle Spasm
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Pain
- Severe Nausea
In addition to the long list of medical conditions, you also qualify for a doctor’s recommendation if any of the following situation applies to you:
- Your medical condition severely affects your ability to conduct major day to day activities as mentioned in the Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990. Major activities may include walking, sleeping, eating, talking etc.
- If your medical condition is left untreated, it can put your physical as well as mental well being in danger.
Medical Marijuana Qualifications for Minors
As per the law, a general age limit for using medical cannabis is 18 years. However, a patient under the age of 18 years can also qualify for medical cannabis treatment. A minor can use the herb if they pass the following criterion:
- They have a debilitating medical condition.
- They have tried all possible treatments and seen no improvements.
- The minor has a legal caregiver who is 21 years or older.
- Has a legit medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed doctor.
A doctor may have to examine a minor more closely to understand if they need the treatment or not. You must present all the medical records to the doctor to help them take the best decision.
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Why do You Need a Medical Marijuana Recommendation in California?
You need a medical marijuana recommendation in California to legally access marijuana in the state. It’s your key to buying, consuming and growing marijuana within the state boundaries without legal trouble. A recommendation letter also helps a patient get into any state-licensed dispensary and buy marijuana at affordable prices.
History is proof that cannabis has always been surrounded by legalities. Politics has been involved in the matter of cannabis use since the early 20th century. From getting criminalized to being referred to as a ‘gateway drug’, history has stigmatized marijuana. Even today, despite the states legalizing the herb, using marijuana for medical reasons isn’t federally legal. It’s not FDA approved and the fight for decriminalizing the green herb on the federal level is still ongoing.
As a medical patient, you’d want to avoid such rocky waters by getting a medical marijuana recommendation. It is a licensed doctor’s written statement that proves that you can benefit from using cannabis and are recommended by the doctor to undergo marijuana treatment. So, as long as you have the letter, you have legal security.
In addition to providing you shelter from complicated legalities, getting a recommendation for medical marijuana is necessary for a medical patient. You cannot start treating yourself with marijuana without prior knowledge of its positive as well as negative effects. A doctor eases the task by examining your condition according to the state qualifying conditions as well as the medical benefits and determining if it’s the best option for you or not. They’ll plan out the treatment according to your needs and recommend the right dosage so you can buy marijuana accordingly and use it the safest way possible.
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What is the Difference Between a Medical Marijuana Recommendation and Card?
If you are deciding on starting your medical cannabis treatment, your first step would be to get a medical marijuana recommendation (MMRC) and a state-issued medical marijuana card (MMIC). Which one should you apply for?
The following points will help you understand the difference between a medical marijuana recommendation and card:
- A recommendation is a letter written by a doctor approving you to undergo marijuana treatment. A card on the other hand is issued by the state.
- Both provide legal security but a state marijuana card makes verification easier.
- You need an MMJ recommendation to get a card.
An MMRC and a state-issued MMIC are more connected than they are different from one another. Getting an MMIC card has its own list of requirements and one of them is a recommendation from a licensed doctor. You need to carry a copy of your MMRC for applying for a state-issued card.
In the state of California, whether you have an MMIC or an MMRC, you can enjoy the same benefits in either case. However, the data of a recommendation letter is only stored in a private network. As per the Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program, an MMIC makes your data available on the state government’s database. So it is easier for authorities to verify your details with a state-issued MMIC.
After getting your online medical marijuana recommendation from Online Medical Card, you can use it to register in the California Medical Marijuana Program and get a card for more legal security. It’s not compulsory for a patient to register for a marijuana card. But, it’s an additional step that gets your medical information on the state governments online database and eases the verification task for the authorities.
How to Use a Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
There’s no special rules that you need to follow for using the recommendation. But if you wish to experience the legal security and all other benefits of having a medical marijuana recommendation in California, make sure that you remember the following points:
- Always carry your recommendation with you.
- Let the budtender of the dispensary know that you are a medical patient and show them your recommendation letter.
- Show your recommendation letter before the checkout and ask for tax exemptions and special discounts (if the dispensary offers any).
- Carry your recommendation when traveling with marijuana.
- Make sure you have a valid recommendation. Get your renewal before the expiry date to avoid legal penalties.
Since California also allows legal use of recreational marijuana, it is always best to show your recommendation wherever necessary. It will help you enjoy the advantages such as ‘higher possession limits’ and ‘discounts’ that a recreational consumer is not entitled to.
So find the right marijuana doctor at Online Medical Card and consult them regarding your health and about the right way for using a medical marijuana recommendation in California.
Frequently Asked Questions
Though medical cannabis is legal in the state, a lot of confusion still persists regarding the legalities of the herb. So, here’s a list of frequently asked questions about a medical marijuana recommendation that may give you some clarity.
An online medical marijuana recommendation is legit only if you get it written from a licensed doctor who is qualified to write marijuana recommendations and has a verified address. You need to ensure that your doctor is licensed or else the authorities will not accept your letter.
It stands true that a telemedicine platform reduces the hassle of getting a medical marijuana recommendation, but at the same time, the online platform has opened room for fraudulent services. They claim to provide recommendations that are not accepted in the state and a waste of money.
In order to avoid falling into the hands of scams, you need to learn to identify a legit online clinic from an illegit one. You can keep a list of a few pointers that can help you differentiate better. Here’s how you can begin to learn how to find a legit source to get a recommendation for medical cannabis:
- Make sure the online clinic has a physical location with history in providing MMJ recommendations.
- The doctor should be licensed and have a verified address (no P.O. box).
- The online platform should be HIPAA compliant to keep your personal information safe.
- Must have 24×7 customer service.
- Check their rating on Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- You must talk to a real doctor for your consultation.
NOTE: Your doctor is obliged to provide you with their license information if you ask for it. You can verify the legitimacy of the doctor and the validity of their license online on state government websites such as BreEZe. If your doctor refuses to give you the information, it’s more than likely that they aren’t legit.
Online Medical Card has everything that you need in a legit telemedicine platform. Our doctors are board-certified and trained in medical marijuana. We are an HIPAA compliant platform and an BBB A+ rated clinic. We also have our walk-in clinic in Santa Ana, California. If you have any queries regarding our services, our 24×7 customer service is at your disposal. Fill the form and get approved by licensed doctors without leaving your home. If you fail to qualify or do not receive your recommendation, we will give you a 100 percent refund.
A medical marijuana recommendation looks like an official letter written by a licensed doctor stating that a patient needs medical cannabis for their health condition and can benefit with its use. A legit recommendation should have all the key elements such as the date of issuance, doctor’s letterhead and license number.
There’s no state issued guidelines regarding a proper outline of a MMJ recommendation letter. However, not paying attention to the details can lead you to going for fraud online services. So, you can avoid falling for a scam by looking for the following key elements in a doctor’s recommendation letter in California:
- It should be written on the doctor or clinic’s letterhead.
- License number, name, signature and verified address of the doctor.
- Must have the detailed information of the patient including how marijuana treatment can help improve the health of the patient.
- Date and state of issuance of recommendation.
- Expiry date of the recommendation.
An online medical marijuana recommendation should have all the above details or else it won’t be accepted by the authorities or dispensaries.
You can get a medical marijuana recommendation from Online Medical Card right from the comfort of your home. We are a BBB A+ rated clinic that offers an HIPAA compliant online platform for patients to connect with licensed doctors and get the medical attention they need and deserve.
Telemedicine provides a more easier and convenient way to get medical marijuana recommendations in California. Online Medical Card merges the technology with healthcare and provides expert guidance to all patients remotely. Whatever your condition may be, we have a doctor just for you. They’ll evaluate you and guide you for using medical cannabis in the best way possible. And the good news is that in addition to reducing the effort for you, we also prioritize your safety by giving you an online platform that’s HIPAA compliant. So, say goodbye to long queues and waiting, go online and get approved by licensed doctors for your California medical marijuana recommendation.
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We understand that not all patients are comfortable in trusting an online platform for MMJ recommendations. For this reason, we also offer quick evaluations in our California clinic.
If you are one of those patients who feels confident in having a face to face consultation rather than online evaluations, cheer up, because we also provide in-person consultations. In addition to our online clinic, we have our walk-in clinic in Santa Ana, California. If you are anywhere near the location of our clinic, you can always get your medical marijuana recommendation there.
You don’t have to make a prior appointment. Just walk-in, talk to the staff member and find the right doctor for yourself.