Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Card in California

Sample California Medical Marijuana ID Card

California is one of 17 states that have enacted laws favorable to medical patients seeking to use marijuana to relieve pain and symptoms from serious conditions where traditional drugs and treatments have been ineffective.  A medical marijuana identification card offers those that are seriously ill a confidential method to verify to law enforcement officials that they qualify for the use of medical marijuana.

In order to be considered for qualification for a marijuana card, patients need to have medical records or a doctor’s recommendation that determines they have one of the following conditions:

Other conditions that might qualify, according to the Marijuana Medical Program (MMP) in California, are “any other chronic or persistent medical condition that limits the ability of the patient to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety, physical, or mental health.”

Uses for medical marijuana and state regulations vary, but California doctors who write recommendations for marijuana use will generally do so for conditions diagnosed such as those above.  The conditions must be determined by a physician, who in turn writes a certified recommendation for the use of medical marijuana as part of your treatment plan.  With this recommendation and after signing an authorization for medical release of information with your treating physician, you may find out how to apply for a medical marijuana identification card in your county of residence through the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program website.

To apply for a medical marijuana card in Marin County, the patient or caregiver can request an application through the Medical Marijuana ID Program, provided by the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. In Marin County, the fee for a medical marijuana card is $113, the medical fee is $56.50.  The cards are valid for one year, and must be renewed annually.

If you have any further questions of medical conditions that qualify for medical use of marijuana or how to apply for a medical marijuana card, please contact us.  Our website is also full of essential information regarding medical marijuana, including a list of San Francisco or Marin County doctors that write medical marijuana recommendations.

Note:  Other counties in California that provide medical marijuana identification cards are:  Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo and  Yuba.

 

13 thoughts on “Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Card in California

  1. Is asthma a qualifying condition? I’ve had it my whole life and trust me, it ain’t easy being weezy…but seriously it’s hard to manage.

      • I just have to say. I have self treated with cannabis for most my life. I have/ had severe asthma. I have not had an attack since I started smoking. A matter of fact. I have a device that measures my lung capacity and EVERYTIME I tried this it ends with tge same result. I test in the red on lung capacity before, and above green after.not saying it works for everyone w asthma. But it works great for me. 15 years with no attacks. Before I had to take nebulizer treatments and still had 1-2 attacks a week. Now I dont even need my inhaler unless im sick.

        • Thank you Jessica! It is always a pleasure to hear about people’s successes. We are thrilled to hear that you are continuing to do well.
          Regards,
          The UPG Team

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    • Hi Alma,
      Here’s a list of approved CALIFORNIA ailments for patients:
      Approved Conditions: AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, including seizures associated with epilepsy, severe nausea; Other chronic or persistent medical symptoms.

      You shouldn’t have a problem receiving a recommendation here in California. For more on the California laws http://www.unitedpatientsgroup.com/legal-states-california
      Let us know,
      United Patients Group

  3. I have bi polar disorder and suffer migraines from a build up of anxiety and anger for no apparent reason. Small things trigger this issue like someone slamming a door or eating weird. Those are just two of the billion that run through my mind and body. I self medicate occasionally with weed and I instantly have relief of all. I get paranoid of using because it is still illegal in Florida , so I can’t use it as much as I need. Marijuana is the only medicine that works for me. All of these issues lead to back pain and joint pain from built up stress.Does this qualify me?

  4. I was diagnosed with severe depression a few years ago and therapy/antidepressants did not do me any good for the years I was being treated. I’m beginning to suffer from mild anxiety; I don’t always feel anxious but when I think of certain scenarios and memories, I freak out a little. My breathing gets panicked and shallow and I feel nervous and as though I will cry and that my situation is hopeless. Also, though I am very overweight, I don’t always feel hungry; I may go 30+ hours without eating before I notice. And then I binge on a large amount of food or eat a small meal and walk away, knowing that I am still hungry. In addition, getting to sleep is getting increasingly difficult for me. Would I qualify? Im unsure since I do not have any of the listed ailments.

    • Hello Megan, As you know, we are not doctors here at UPG but we like to pass on information that we have come across or feedback from other patients. As for anxiety, here in California, you would meet the requirements. Depression and weight issues have not been included as of yet. I can chat with you in more detail but your privacy is important.
      Depending on your age, the weight and anxiety can be hormone related. I am saying this becasue I, myself, have just addressed this with my doctors. My hormones were checked and they ALL were at the bottom of the barrel, in turn, I began to experience anxiety and weight gain. I was put on plant based hormones and I am thrilled to say that I feel really good now.
      If you would like to call our offices, I can speak with you directly and in more detail. Our office number is 415-524-8099. I will be in meetings tomorrow between 1:30 and 3:30 but anytime before or after that will be fine. If you would rather stick to email, you can communicate with me at Corinne@UnitedPatientsGroup.com
      I hope this helps,
      ~Corinne

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