A medical marijuana card allows for the tax exempt purchase of cannabis in California.


A medical marijuana card allows for the tax exempt purchase of cannabis in California.  Also, medical patients are allowed to access to the most potent strains and concentrates.


A medical marijuana card allows for the tax exempt purchase of cannabis in California.  Also, medical patients are allowed to access to the most potent strains and concentrates.


In 2018, the California Board of Medicine allows doctors to recommend medical marijuana online, as part of  their Telemedicine policy.  The online process takes much less time that visiting a clinic, and frees up doctors time to attend to serious issues, like heart attacks, and such.  


Did you know that a California licensed physician can recommend marijuana for any condition, chronic or annoying medical symptom that substantially limits your ability to conduct your life normally, if not alleviated, can cause serious physical or mental harm in the short of long term.  .   


Activities are defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,   This effectively states that a medical doctor can use their judgement as to whether or not medical marijuana can be recommended for any significant physically or mentally disabling disease / condition.


Qualifying conditions in California law specifically listed include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Anorexia
  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • Pain, chronic
  • Cachexia
  • Ongoing muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Seizures, including, but not limited to, those associated with epilepsy
  • Severe and chronic nausea
  • Spasticity
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraines


Also, the resident doctor may recommend medical marijuana for other conditions as well, if he believes that the herb may help.  So, this means, that whatever your health condition is, you can apply, and the doctor may see fit to recommend medical cannabis.  In the 420 Evaluation online process, patients are not required to pay unless they are approved, so there is no risk to enquire about other conditions not listed above.

In 2018, medical cannabis patients, those that have completed a licensed Californian physician's 420 evaluation, are exempt from paying the major portion of the State tax on cannabis by as much as 25%. This amounts to as much as $80 per ounce.  Medica patients are allowed access to stronger, exotic strains and all kinds of concentrates as well.


"The use of cannabis, or marijuana, for medicinal purposes is deeply rooted though history, dating back to ancient times. It once held a prominent position in the historical records of medicine, and was recommended by many prominant physicians for numerous diseases, particularly for headache and migraines. Through the years, this herb has taken a fascinating journey from a legal and frequently prescribed  to illegal in the category of the most dangerous drugs, which is driven by political and social factors rather than by science." - paraphrase, Neurological Center for Pain, Cleveland Clinic:


Having a California Medical Cannabis Card has other benefits.  If a person takes issue with your cannabis use, a spouse, a Federal office, landlord, or employer, having a Cannabis ID shows that a medical doctor believes that your use of cannabis is beneficial, so in a court of law, there is an overall tendency to be lenient or favorative toward claims against you, such as being an irresponsible, dead beat weed smoker.



Patients' Guide to Medical Marijuana Law in California

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January 2018 - California’s laws regulating marijuana were substantially changed in 2017 with new legislation known as the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation Act.

Under the new law it establishes a uniform licensing regime for both medical and adult-use cannabis effective Jan 1, 2018. Consisting of 2 separate bills sponsored by the Governor’s office, which are SB 94 and AB 133, MAUCRSA which replaces prior legislation known as MCRSA , and applied only to medical marijuana. It  makes adjustments to  the Adult Use of Marijuana Act aka Proposition 64, consistent with the initiative intent.

Licenses under MAUCRSA are issued relating to regulations of the Bureau of Cannabis Control and its allied agencies, the Department of Food and Agriculture for cultivation and by the Department of Public Health for manufacturing, packaging and labeling. Information is posted at the California Cannabis Portal.

Existing, non-licensed medical marijuana collectives, which are currently authorized by state law SB 420, will cease to be lawful starting one year after the Bureau posts a notice that it has begun licensing. After that, the only gardens that will be legal without a state license will be individual personal-use gardens or collective gardens for up to five patients, subject to state law and local control. Under Proposition 215, medical patients and caregivers will still allowed to grow however much is required for their personal medical needs.

Non-medical growers are limited to six plants per residence by AUMA. In the meantime, prospective commercial applicants are strongly advised to apply to the state Board of Equalization for a Resale Permit, and to prepare for seeking approval from their local governments. See the state Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation website.



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