Marijuana is legal in California. But how do I buy marijuana?
Today, medicinal and recreational marijuana are both legal in California.
Today, the only LEGAL way to purchase marijuana products is from a medicinal marijuana collective. You must have a medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation to join a medical marijuana collective and purchase marijuana products.
Beginning January 1, 2018, a person over 21 years old will be able to purchase adult use, recreational marijuana.
Here’s the summary, if you want to be able to purchase marijuana products today, you have to get a medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation. Beginning in January 2018, people 21 and over in California will have options to purchase marijuana products without a doctor’s recommendation.
What is a Medical Marijuana Doctor’s Recommendation?
If you want marijuana products today, then you might be asking yourself, “What is a Medical Marijuana Doctor’s Recommendation?”. This article answers that question and will help you understand how to get a medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation and whether you want to get one and become a legal consumer of cannabis.
It’s a doctor’s note that gives you access to marijuana products.
You have to have a medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation to legally purchase and consume medical marijuana products.
A medical medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation (also known as a “medical card” or “marijuana prescription”) is a statement from a physician that allows you to access medical marijuana products. It’s possible to ask your primary care doctor for a recommendation to use marijuana for medical purposes, but most people opt for the more convenient method of consulting with medical marijuana doctor that regularly consults with people about the medical use of marijuana and provides the necessary statement to serve as your doctor’s recommendation to access high quality marijuana products from medical marijuana collectives.
Doctors have flexibility to recommend marijuana for any illness that marijuana provides relief – including chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, migraines, and depression.
You don’t have to have a life-threatening or terminal illness to use and benefit from medicinal marijuana. The Compassionate Use Act gives doctors in California the ability to evaluate people on a case-by-case basis and determine whether marijuana may be a suitable treatment option.
The California medical marijuana law (Compassionate Use Act) gives doctors the flexibility to recommend the medical use of marijuana for people that would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
The open-ended statement “or any other illness” was included into the Compassionate Use Act to recognize that marijuana has the potential to help with a wide variety of illnesses and symptoms outside those specifically listed in the law.
Marijuana users have reported relief from arthritis, chronic pain, insomnia, depression, anxiety, muscle pain and soreness, menstrual cramps, and irritable bowel syndrome.
You can get your doctor’s recommendation online in about 10 minutes. Seriously.
If you’re considering getting your doctor’s recommendation for marijuana for the first time, you might be asking yourself what to expect in the process and what the implications could be.
Here’s what to expect if you’re getting your doctor’s recommendation online:
Choose an online service – You’ll use a smartphone or computer to take a look at the variety of online options available to choose from. Visit these websites to check out some of the options – Eaze (www.eaze.md) or HelloMD (www.hellomd.com) or Meadow (www.getmeadow.com).
The services are all offering generally the same thing. You’ll use their app or website to (1) connect with one of their marijuana doctors by video or phone call to talk about whether marijuana might be right for you, (2) receive your digital copy of your doctor’s recommendation to use the same day and have a hard copy mailed to you, and (3) process your payment to them for the doctor’s recommendation.
The prices for these online doctor’s recommendations ranges from around $29 to $60. You can check out what the services do to make sure that your information is always safe, secure, and confidential.
Talk to the doctor – Services like Eaze.md and HelloMD.com make it easy to complete your information online from your phone or computer. Within a couple minutes, you’ll be connected with a doctor via phone or video call. The doctors are used to consulting a variety of people on marijuana use, from first-time users or novices to very experienced marijuana users – this is the chance to ask questions about how marijuana might be helpful for you.
The doctor will ask questions about your medical history and the condition for which you might be considering medical marijuana. During the evaluation the doctor can often offer suggestions for strains that may be specifically helpful or educate the patient on different methods of using cannabis that will best suite your needs and lifestyle.
The average doctor consultation takes around 5 minutes. Your doctor’s recommendation is available to you right after the online doctor consult unless the doctor decides there is a reason why she cannot recommend the medical use of marijuana.
Get your Doctor’s Recommendation Instantly – A hard copy of your doctor’s recommendation is usually sent to the address you give. You can even use your instant digital copy to join a collective and get a delivery of medical marijuana the same or next day.
So you know what it takes to purchase legal medical marijuana and how to get safely and quickly get a doctor’s recommendation online – But what about big brother?
Will getting my doctor’s recommendation put me on some list that the Feds or an employer will find?
No. Such a list does not exist and your doctor’s recommendation evaluation will remain confidential.
Just like records and documents at any other doctor’s office, the record of your medical marijuana evaluation is protected under federal laws through HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). The release of medical records requires patient permission. Your doctor-patient confidentiality privilege extends to the police, DMV, and employers – so you can rest assured that your evaluation will stay private and confidential.
You’ll provide a copy of your doctor’s recommendation along with your ID to join a medical marijuana collective like Blue Coast Farms and register as a member.
To register as a member of Blue Coast Farms and start ordering medical marijuana products, you’ll create an account profile on our website and provide us with your recommendation and an ID (this is done online on our website after you create an account profile).