How To Get A Medical Marijuana License
The process of getting a medical marijuana license involves several steps to ensure that these licenses are distributed for appropriate reasons. The following information is for the state of California, but other states with medical marijuana programs follow similar procedures. Information about the program is typically available on the state's website. A medical marijuana license is typically good for one year and then must be renewed.
- Have a legitimate need for medical marijuana. A conversation with your doctor should be the first step. AIDS, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, migraine headaches, seizures, and severe nausea are all among the appropriate uses. Your doctor can help you to determine if medical marijuana would be helpful in your individual case.
- Obtain written documentation from your doctor. You must provide medical records outlining your condition. In these records, your doctor will need to provide written documentation that medical marijuana is an appropriate treatment. You must also authorize your doctor to release your medical information to the county's medical marijuana program.
- Submit an application. Applications are available online and can be submitted to the county medical marijuana program at the county department of health during their business hours. You must complete and sign the application, have a photograph taken, and pay an application fee. Be sure to have a photo ID with you when you apply.
- Wait for your application to be reviewed. Once your application has been received, it will either be accepted or denied. If denied, you have the option of appealing. If accepted, you will be issued a medical marijuana license. You will then be able to use your license to obtain marijuana from approved dispensaries in your county.