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.


79 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.
          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
      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
      I hope this helps,

    • Just take it easy Megan. I’m ‘pulling ‘ for you. I know it can be a rough road. I have suffered with deep depression all my life and had been treating anxiety and depression with marijuana. It is illegal and do not dispense such drugs as ‘devil weed’ nor do I partake in devil weed. I take ssri’s so I will need a new liver and maybe a kidney or two in a few years. …but it is better than being confined in a penal institution bunking with DJ or Roscoe!

  5. I was diagnosed with a herniated disk can that be a legit reason to get me mj card? And where can I apply in contra Costa county

    • Hello Hector, Yes, a herniated disc does meet the requirements for an MMJ card. You can get your card at the Concord location of Go online, fill out the forms and bring them in to your appointment.
      ~The UPG Team

  6. I have social anxiety and it has gotten to the point where if I am even just a few minutes late to class, I get so freaked out that people might stare while I walk in, that I end up trying to open the door and breaking into a sweat. There have been too many times where my college professors and academic director would walk out to find me hyperventilating and crying in the hallway. Once I had so much anxiety that I was even allowed to do my classwork in a separate empty classroom. Ive also broken down crying right after walking into the wrong class. I have failed more than one class because of this anxiety. I also have chronic insomnia which developed when I was in fourth grade. It got to the point where while I was in high school, I actually started hallucinating. I was always falling asleep during class and being sent to the counselors office. I still do fall asleep during class and have constant bags under my eyes. I also get very irritable for no reason. I have also recently developed a strange infection on my left index finger and do not know what exactly caused it. I’ve had it for about a year now. I do not have any of the conditions listed. Do I qualify? Sorry for the essay.

  7. so I live in California and I suffer from insomnia, do you think this would qualify for a card if I got a doctors note approving it?

    • Casey, Thank you for your inquiry. While we are not doctors here at UPG, we do pass on information that can help you find answers. If you live in California and your doctor approves cannabis for your insomnia, you should be able to attain a cannabis card. Do yo have a letter from your doctor explaining this? If you do, we can help direct you.
      We hope this helps!

      ~The UPG Team

  8. I live in San Diego and I was in a car accident about 6 or 7 years ago. My back and knee were injured and since I have had constant back pain and my knee will occasionally bother me. I work as a courtesy clerk and after lifting cases of water and pushing carts all day sometimes my back hurts so badly that I can’t sleep and can barely move. I was wondering if that is enough to qualify me for a medical card and if so how I would go about getting one?

  9. I’ve had anxiety for 4 years and was diagnosed with PTSD this year and also have a herniated discs. I have medical records on hand since I moved recently back home. Would I qualify? I’m tired of taking pills it seems like that’s all I take and I’ve gone through trials an errors with many so I’m considering medicinal and see if that helps.

    • Rebecca, Much of this will depend on where you live. In California, you would qualify.
      We hope this helps!

      ~The UPG Team

  10. Hello, my name is priscilla and im 19. Ive been having anxiety attacks for the past year and a half now, I think its because ive had so many changes in my life… I went to the doctors and they said to do breathing techniques because they didnt want to start me on prozac, but breathing techniques dont help at all! Im tired of not being able to do things or go anywhere because im CONSTANTLY stressing about things

    • Im having anxiety attacks, by the way. At least once a week I feel noxious and im shaking in my bed. I dont know what to do, I feel helpless and all this anxiety is me feel depressed.

      • What part of California are you from? Because I have the same problem with anxiety and the doctor send me to another doctor and told me that it was nothing but i get really bad chest pain like if i cant breath. To Priscilla

    • Pricilla,
      We are so sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time. We are not doctors but it seems that you should contact another doctor to asses your needs. Thankfully you are in California as many doctors are more open minded here.

      All the best,
      The UPG Team

  11. Hey I’m a 18 year old that has petite seizures and Sevier insomnia would/will qualify me to get a card I’m in the state of Ca Ina town of San Jose so I’m just curious if I can qualify for a card I’m an avid smoker in my personal judgement I feel like it helps me so much but I’d like other opinions on this

    • Moses,
      In the state of California, if you have your diagnosis from your doctor, your condition of seizure should make you eligable for a cannabis card. There are many clinics in San Jose so you should not have a problem. Keep in mind that many dispensaries have a 21 and older rule.

      United Patients Group

    • Manny,
      As far as we can see, PTSD is not included. We have seen doctors write recommendations, regardless, in the state of California. It would not hurt to ask your doctor.


  12. I Hit my ulnar nerve (funnybone) hard enough to cause permanent nerve damage. My left side from head to toe always hurts (nerve pain) since 2012 when I hit my left funny bone. I had a nerve test (EMG) only in left arm and checked out fine. The only proof that I have that I was injured is images of torn tendons from it.? I live CA and I have no insurance. I’d like to get a mar u wannacard for pain. How can I prove I have nerve pain and I’m sure I would qualify for catd

    • Tim,
      If you have any paperwork that shows what you have been through such as your EMG test, that would be helpful. Additionally, anything that shows that you have torn tendons should be sufficient.
      Let us know if you have any problems. Possibly we can recommend a clinic for you to get your card.


    • Tae,
      Qualifying conditions vary per legal state. You could find information with your state health department.


  13. Hi i am 18 years old and live in the Sacramento area of California and i have had a mild stutter my whole life, it was much worse as a little kid. anyway i hears that strains high in cbd help people who stutter, but do you think ill be able to get a card just because i stutter

    • Julian,
      It may be a challenge to get a card based on a mild stutter although we do see many people experience relief from stuttering when vaporizing cannabis.



  14. I’m a 39 year old male about to retire from the military. I’ve had 2 surgeries on my right knee due to multiple torn cartilage. I frequently experience throbbing joint pain following any extended walking or running. The surgeon told me following my last surgery to expect symptoms of arthritis. Would this condition qualify for medical

    • Hi Michael,
      Thank you for your note and for your service to country. As for becoming a legal patient and qualifying for a medical cannabis card, what state do you reside in? Unfortunately, some states have different qualifying conditions.
      Let us know.
      Mary Ann
      United Patients Group

  15. I rarely see Muscular Dystrophy mentioned in approved conditions lists. Yet there is no cure. no viable treatments. I took nothing for pain except advil for most of my life. after having a very difficult pregnancy my MD progressed rapidly. This is muscle wasting away to just the white grissle that once held tissue together. Joints are stresssed to degenereation, muscle spasms are intense from compensation for those that are lost. it’s possible to have a good life but not with such pain from OA due to muscle loss. Migraines and fatigue.I find one becomes a prisoner of their circumstances. Not being able to do what you love is devastating. I’ll eventually be in need of an assistive device like a scooter or chair one day. currently.I walk with a brace and much pain with each step as the legs weaken. Inflammation is a huge problem as well. Muscle relaxers dehydrate the muscles which really defeats the purpose for a healthy muscle. I have taken the pain meds leading to anxiety depression etc..I am in FL. A huge push is on here for medical legalization led by local lawyer John Morgan. I still don’t believe MD is on the list of approved conditions. FL has several bills before the legislation now. unlikely to pass. The last ballot gained momentum and nearly made the 60% of votes needed to legalize. It got 56% and failed. Many were counting on this. It is underway again for compassionate care medical legalization by way of gaining signatures to get it on the ballot for 2016. The hope is there. Fl wants to keep it very conservative nonetheless. for children and specific conditions. Also they are making the dispensaries limited to 5 in the state and it’s like a lottery. Who knows but I am hopeful as a mom with FSH MD, a single mom with a teen who is anti drugs and dislikes when I am prescribed narcotic pain meds. It is my only legal option and they really suck.I would only want to try pot if legal and knowing the strain and type and dosage to take. Not just off the street. These big pharma drugs are no better though… After 4 surgeries in past 5 years I am at the mercy of the system. I have a well adjusted happy beach girl of a daughter in middle school with a very sad miserable mom. I have been watching the CNN programs and have not used marijuana but at this point I’m becoming willing to try anything to gain some joy and less pain misery in my life. I’d love to see MD added to this list of disabilities. I became officially on SSA and budgets to move uproot my world would be a huge challenge. Anyone with FL residency should look up the efforts to legalize in FL and sign the petition to get it on the ballot and vote by mail in 2016 if out of state or military. It really can happen here we were so close last time. GA just legalized in a very conservative fasion. It is a matter of time before this will have to become a viable option for the suffering even for those not on this list. I don’t think I could afford to live in CA or CO on my limited income. Although I dream of it at times. Thank you for allowing my comment and supporting this important issue.

  16. hi , i was diagnosed with liver disease and i have pcos, which causes very bad pelvic pain and back pain. i was wondering if its a healtj issues that i can be given a 215 card..

    • Blanka,
      Each state has different guidelines. I have attached the “Laws By State” link for you here. Please scroll to find your state’s details.



  17. Hello I have bad migraines and muscle leg pain . I’ve gone to therapy and it doesn’t help . I was wondering if I would qualify. Thank you in advance

        • Ivette,
          If your conditions are listed in the state laws section for California, you would be eligible for a cannabis card. We do not offer cards or medicine here at UPG as we are purely information and education. If you would like to have a consult with our nurse practioner, you can click the consultation tab on our homepage. I have added it here for your convenience..
          If you are looking for a doctor in your area in order to obtain a card click here to find help by zip code. I hope this has been of some help to you!


  18. I am 18 and just moved to Humboldt county. I was diagnosed with depression bad anxiety and Ptsd years ago and I’m on medication for the depression. But the Ptsd keeps me up nightly with chilling flashbacks and I often have flashbacks when I’m out and about. Certain smells, noises and anything to do with parks and I start freaking out. Panicking to the point sometimes where my family has to physical restraint me and talk to me to try to calm me down and to stop shaking and yelling. My aunt told me I might be able to get a 215 card and it might help. Anyway I was wondering if I would be eligible and if it was shown to help

    • Britt,

      Yes it has been shown to help but the closest MMJ doctor we can find is in Eureka. With your intense symptoms, it is best to be guided by a physician.
      Feel free to call our offices to Discuss.
      All the best,


  19. I’m Richard and I have a 14 year old daughter that suffers from bipolar disorder type 2 she suffers from severe episodes of mania and depression severe insomnia due to the stress and not sleeping she has mild back pain she hasn’t talked to the doctors of the back pain because she doesn’t feel its a big problem also she has panic attacks and anxiety but anyway all the medications she’s tried don’t work and I was wondering if minors could get 215 cards and if she would qualify

    • Richard,

      Qualifying conditions differ from state to state. Please check your state laws here to see if she would qualify.


  20. hi I was diagnosed with henoch schnolein purpurin and I’ve had it for almost three years now. I’ve been on medications but it just seems to keep coming back and I’m really tired of using them. I feel like they really haven’t done anything except for messing with my stomach to the point where I don’t eat right. I’ve lost weight and I don’t have appetite and back to my HSP I get swelling and pain. I’m turning to this option just to see if it will help me with this stuff going on but would I qualify?

    • Anne,

      Much of your questios will depend on where you live and what the laws are. If you DO qualify, it is best to schedule a consultation with one of our nurses so that you can discuss what you need, what to avoid and why and what dosing protocol you would need. I have attached the nursing shcedule here for your convenience.
      Your in health,


  21. Hi, I’m 16 and live in California and I have rheumatoid arthritis. It’s really painful and the medications i’m taking don’t work well. Will I be able to qualify for a card?

    • Emmanuel,
      This would depend on where you live, if you are in a legal state, and if chronic pain is on the conditons list for your state.
      If you need to look up the laws in your state just click the tab on our home page called “Patients Room” and scroll down to “Resources”. From there you will see “Laws by State” at the upper right.

      I hope this helps,

      Mary Ann

  22. Hi – I live in California and have been diagnosed with degenerative back disease (which can be very painful), osteoarthritis of my hands, feet, knees and shoulders, depression, a very severe case of restless leg syndrome and I am legally blind. I haven’t tried getting a MJ card yet because I didn’t know where to start. I am a 66 years old female. I know that restesss leg syndrome has just recently been recognized as a real medical problem. It along with my blindness enabled me to get social security disability many years ago. Is it worth my time to pursue this or not? Thank you in advance for your time and opinions. Mary

    • Hello Mary,

      You can get a letter written by your physician in order to attain medical cannabis. This letter is concidered a legal document and can be utilized to order the correct products/formulation.
      Please understand that it is imparative that you get the guidance you need as this is not a one size fits all protocol. Even if two patients have the same condition, their formulations quite possibly will be different. There is much to concider before choosing the correct medicine like, symptoms, current and past treatments, current medications and supplements, age, weight, etc…
      I am attaching our nurses’ scheduling system here for your convenience. If you would like to see a physician in person I can make that introduction for you as well.
      Wishing you my best,

  23. I’m 17 years old with insomnia and severe depression and anxiety, I have been on medication for this for about a year and have talked to my dad about getting my mmc for awhile. I’ve read in multiple articles that you can get your card under age 18 with the parents permission.
    Would i be able to get my card with my father’s permission/assistance?

  24. So for instance, I had a brain tumor the size of a softball taken out of my pituitary gland, I have had seizures, scoliosis, chronic joint pain, and severe headaches. Could I get a script for free. I live in tehama county. Thanks

    • William,

      We do not write recomendations nor do we sell products.Your doctor can write you a letter authorizing you to seek cannabis treatment.


  25. I’ve been diagnosed with ADHD, BI-polar disorder and manic-depression since I was 7yrs old and have been prescribed hundreds of different antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and antidepressants but nothing has ever worked. I stopped the Meds and started self medicating when I was 18 and have been ever since and marijuana is the only thing to ever make me feel like a sane person with more self control of anger and anxiety but want to do it legitimately at the close age of 25. Would I qualify for a license.

    • Anthony,
      Each state has different laws. If your state has ADHD and/or Bi-Polar on the list of qualifying conditions then you are free to move forward.


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