Where can I get a Medical Marijuana Card  in California in 2018?

Medical Marijuana ID Online - California -  2018 Rules

Where can I get a Medical Marijuana Card in California in 2018?


In 2018, you still can either get your medical marijuana ID either online or at any licensed doctor's office.  Even your family doctor could prefer that you  go online, because many physicians would still like to remain officially anonmyous.



Patients don't have to get an ID card to be covered by California Marijuana laws, but a State ID card may provide an extra measure of protection against arrest. Patients and caregivers can obtain state ID cards through the health departments of the county where they live or online.   Often, the online solution is cheaper and faster.

This state ID card system still has safeguards to protect patient privacy. Cops and employers cannot track down patients through the registry system.  The Patient's’ ID Center in Oakland offers ID cards for all California residents that are recognized by most collectives and police. Additionally, online doctors offer ID cards that may be verified.



Online is definitely the best, fastest and easiest way to go.  You only need one piece of California ID and a credit / debit card to apply. Renewing your medical marijuana recommendation and ID only takes a few clicks using a very easy to use application.  You want to use an online medical marijuana document service that has been around for a while.  



If you have a great family doctor, who is an expert in medical marijuana, you're good to go.  But, even if you are so blessed, your doctor might prefer to have his patients simply go online to get their required MMJ paperwork done for a variety of reasons.

Oftentimes, the doctor is not familiar with the State process and it might take some time for him to process your request, or he might not even agree to having his patients take marijuana.  Some doctor's may agree that medical marijuana is a valuable medicine, but they don't want to have any documents that show they prescribe it.  The reason being, the Federal Government is still anti-marijuana and could potentially discriminate against doctors in the future.  

For example; businesses that deal with marijuana are not allowed to use much of the banking system, and this could easily extend to a doctor that is "doing business" in the area of medical marijuana.

Whether you go online or to a clinic, your medical marijuana recommendation must be made by a California Licensed Physician.  Under State Law, a physician may write a recommendation for any condition or symptom that cannabis might provide relief.  Tough diseases such as AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, chronic pain, definitely qualify.  Other, less serious conditions like anxiety, stress, headache might qualify too, and this depends on the doctor's opinion.



The main thing you want is to be able to contact them to verify that your ID and recommendation is valid.  Ideally the validation service is 24/7.


You need to be 18 or older and have ID (driver's license, passport, state ID), credit or debit card.


"Non-citizens should beware about carrying medical marijuana through US airports. Although TSA and local police have generally been tolerant of medical marijuana in airline baggage in legal states like CA, this may no longer be the case when dealing with non-citizens." - California NORML




  • You can purchase, possess and consume marijuana in California, but no other state except Nevada.
  • You can give away marijuana to your friends of legal age.
  • You can possess varies from county to county. If your county does not have a higher limit.
  • Generally, you may possess 8 ounces of cured cannabis, six plants in (mature) flowering, or up to twelve plants in the (immature) vegetative state. No city or county can adopt lower limits lower but they can adopt upward.  
  • Marijuana consumers should keep ontop of local rules and regulations.




  • You can't transport marijuana across state lines.
  • You cannot sell marijuana.
  • You cannot possess, consume, or transport in Federal lands or facilities.
  • You cannot possess, use, or transport more than an oz at a time (or up to 8 ounces in some areas).




Yes.  That is if they are residents of California.  A California resident is simply any individual who is present in California for other than a temporary or transitory purpose.

If you are a marijuana consumer and travel in California, if you are stopped by a Federal official you could very well be deported for any quantity of marijuana.  You better get your Medical marijuana card now.


"If you are not a U.S. citizen, think about whether you should carry your medical cannabis recommendation with you. Reports are that ICE is asking if people have their cards and/or use medical marijuana, and using that as grounds for deportation on grounds that they are in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. This means permanent residents, Visa holders, and those who are not naturalized nor are a natural born citizen." - California NORML



Not at 420EvaluationsOnline.  Your name does not go to the California nor Federal governments.  Your ID's validity can be confirmed, however, 24/7.



No, not in 2017-2018.  Stay posted.



Yes and no.  The Feds may bust you on Federal lands and facilities.  The Feds may try to bust you anywhere for marijuana offences, but this is extremely rare and unheard of at the medical marijuana patient level.  Functionally and realistically, if you are acting within state laws concerning marijuana, and are not on Federal real estate, then problems with the Fed drop to zero.



If you have a medical marijuana ID card, the the California Highway Patrol will not take cannabis from motorists at routine traffic stops.



Online delivery services, cooperatives, dispensaries, compassion clubs, clinics and other vendors of cannabis based medicines.




  • Have ethical proof why you consume marijuana.
  • Pay less tax (in 2018), or about $85 per ounce.
  • Avoid arrest by Feds and other rogue police.




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420EvaluationsOnline provides Californians easy access to a medical doctor that recommends medical marijuana.  Once you have a 420 recommendation, a Cannabis ID card and grower`s permit can be issued.  These documents are used at dispensaries, cannabis clubs, cooperatives, clinics, compassion clubs and other points of access to purchase medical marijuana.  In 2018, when recreational marijuana can be purchased legally, medical card holders will save about 35% (tax exempt) on their cannabis purchases.




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**. What am I legal to do in 2017-2018 ... now that Prop. 64 has passed in California?  Any adult 21 years or older to:** Possess, transport, obtain or give away to other adults 21 or older no more than one ounce of cannabis or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.

** Cultivate up to six plants per residence and possess the cannabis produced by these plants (subject to "reasonable regulations" by local governments). **Retail sales for adult use will not begin until licensed stores are in operation after Jan 1, 2018. In the meantime, Prop 215 patients with a doctor’s recommendation may continue to purchase at medical collectives and dispensaries.

**. Do I still need a doctor's note now that Prop. 64 has passed?  No, and yes. You'll be legal to posses under an ounce without a doctor's recommendation. But people won’t be able to purchase cannabis in stores without a doctor’s recommendation until 2018.....

**. How may I get a license to grow or sell cannabis now that Prop. 64 has passed?
Those won't be issued until 2018, until a bureau may be set up...

**. When and where may I grow my six plants, and how may I get clones or seeds to grow cannabis now that it's legal under Prop. 64?   You may grow your six plants per parcel of land at your residence now, subject to "reasonable regulations" ....

**. Am I protected against employment drug testing now that Prop. 64 passed?  Unfortunately, no. Prop. 64 specifically allows employers to continue to discriminate against cannabis users. In California, even medical cannabis patients may be fired for failing an employment drug test.....


**. How may I get my sentence reduced or record expunged under Prop. 64?  You may contact a Cal NORML legal committee attorney, or Eunisses Hernandez ....


**. How may I find a lawyer?   See our legal referral page.....

** Where may I find a physician to recommend medical marijuana?  Any California licensed physician may recommend or approve your use of medical marijuana. Also see our index of Medicinal Cannabis Practitioners.

**. Where may I find a cannabis cooperative, collective, dispensary or delivery service?
Cannabis Patients' Cooperatives and Support Groups and Cannabis Delivery Services. Cal NORML makes no representation as to the quality, service, reliability, or compassion of any of the coops, dispensaries, delivery services or patients' groups .....**  Recreational users won't be able to purchase cannabis until those shops are licensed in 2018.

**. How much cannabis may I grow for my personal use?   Under Prop. 64, everyone may grow 6 plants at their residence (the limit is per residence, not per person). Local may ban outdoor cultivation...  Medical patients may still grow whatever they need, provided local zoning regulations permit it.   See Local Medical cannabis Cultivation & Possession Guidelines

**. May I lawfully grow cannabis to sell?  Under state law, patients and their "primary caregivers" are protected from criminal prosecution under state law for personal possession and cultivation of marijuana, but NOT for distribution or sale to others..... State licenses to cultivate cannabis for recreational use won't be issued until 2018,...

**. How may I grow medical cannabis collectively with or for other patients, or open a patient cooperative or delivery service?   See provider title.


**. Is it OK to sell medical cannabis on Craigslist?  NORML strongly cautions against this. We have had many reports of undercover police posing as patients in order to bust those who seek to sell cannabis on Craigslist.

**. Do I need an I.D. card?   They are voluntary, but may protect you better from arrest, and offer a tax break. Read more.

**. May employers and others access my medical cannabis recommendation or Identification - ID card information?  The state Identification - ID card system has safeguards to protect patient privacy. Patient names and addresses are not kept in the state's data base: the only information retained is a personal photo and Identification - ID number. The privacy of medical records is protected by federal HIPAA laws. However, if you're drug tested, a medical cannabis recommendation won't protect you (see FAQ #11 below). Read more on title

**. I get drug tested at my job. may I use marijuana?   Not necessarily. The California Supreme Court ruled that employers may discriminate against medical cannabis users. The legislature passed a bill to change that in 2008, but Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed it. In 2011 and 2012, support could not be found in the California Senate for medical cannabis users' employment rights. Click title to read more....

**.Prop. 64, which specifically allows employers to discriminate against cannabis users. It is part of Cal NORML's Post-64 legislative agenda to advocate for workers' rights. Please join us and help with this effort!

**. May I lose my professional license because I use medical cannabis in California?
See: California Health and Safety Code .......  No professional licensing board may impose a civil penalty or take other disciplinary action against a licensee based solely on the fact that the licensee has performed acts that are necessary or appropriate to carry out the licensee's role as a designated primary caregiver to a person who is a qualified patient or who possesses a lawful identification card ......

**. May I take my cannabis on a plane?   TSA officials have indicated that flying within the state with under an ounce of cannabis is permitted, though it is not known at this time how far the different airports have gone to explicitly implement Prop. 64. TSA policy is to turn cannabis cases over to local law enforcement. There’s nothing they may charge people for if they have under an ounce, but still Cal NORML cautions against openly revealing their cannabis to authorities......

**. I am traveling to another state. may I use my California medical cannabis card or recommendation there?   Arizona and Montana have reciprocity in their medical cannabis laws. Maine allows out-of-state patients to exercise their rights for 30 days. Rhode Island respects out-of-state recommendations for any "debilitating medical condition." Michigan accepts medical cards from states that also have reciprocity (California's doesn't). Vermont allows recommendations from neighboring states for Vermont residents only.

**. May I use cannabis on federal land in California?  cannabis users and medical cannabis patients are not protected while on federal park land or forest land in California. NORML has received reports of campers and those driving through federal land who are searched, charged with federal possession statutes, and had their medicine confiscated. A California medical recommendation is not a defense in federal court to these charges.

**. I am coming to California. may I use medical cannabis there?   Only with a California doctor's recommendation. Most require residency. Also, collectives generally require a California ID. California's laws don't have reciprocity with other states' medical cannabis laws.


**. Is hashish covered under the medical cannabis laws?  Qualified patients may use and make hashish lawfully under state law. California appeals court ruled that concentrated cannabis qualifies as medical cannabis under the Compassionate Use Act. This doesn't really mark a change in policy; but since some courts and DAs have been reluctant to respect the AG's opinion, it's good to have an appellate court rule this way......

**. May I use medical cannabis while on probation or parole?   Yes, unless the judge specifies that you cannot under the terms of your probation, which you may appeal. You may request that the judge affirm your use of medical cannabis or modify the terms of your probation to allow medical cannabis use. See People v. Tilehkooh established that it is state, not federal law that governs this .......

**. May I grow or use cannabis with children in the house?  There is nothing in state law against this. However it's advised to keep your medical cannabis away from children, duh. Especially edibles this is a real danger.  Butane hash-making equipment and chemicals is a red flag for authorities.  In rare cases Child Protective Services has become involved, mostly in cases with large plant numbers.....

**. May I own or buy a gun if I use marijuana?  The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms sent letters to gun dealers in 2011 warning - you cannot sell guns to known cannabis users.  Answering  "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?" makes you ineligible to purchase; falsely answering no is in principle punishable as perjury. This does not affect current gun owners. Best not to keep guns in a location that is separate from their marijuana.

**. May I lose my housing if I use or grow marijuana?  The US Dept of Housing and Urban Local housing authorities may determine their own policies regarding medical cannabis use in their housing..... Landlords may make conditions on tenancy that exclude medical cannabis cultivation or use.....

**. How may I join or support California NORML? See the membership page .....

**. How may I find a California NORML chapter, or start one? See the website for a list of California chapters.


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