California Medical Marijuana Cards
As of January 1st, 2018, cannabis became legal in the state of California for personal possession of quantities up to 1oz or 8g of distillates for persons over the age of 21. Though marijuana is legal for personal use, there are still valid reasons for one to apply for a medical marijuana card in the state of California. At Shango we have followed the law changes in detail, which you can read about and follow in our blog.
The benefits of a California medical marijuana card
Medical marijuana in California is distributed only to persons who hold a medical marijuana card or have a qualified physician’s recommendation. The benefits to holders of a California medical marijuana card are that they are not required to pay sales or usage taxes on the product. Card holders also have access to a larger number of dispensaries throughout the state and are allowed to possess a larger amount of cannabis. There is no limit to the volume of marijuana a medical marijuana card holder can possess, this is specified by law as whatever amount the physician recommends.
How to get a medical marijuana card?
For approval to purchase medical marijuana in California, a qualified physician must diagnose you with one of the following medical conditions:
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Chronic Pain
- Multiple Sclerosis (or persistent muscle spasms)
- Epilepsy (and other seizure disorders)
- Severe nausea
- Any other chronic or persistent medical conditions that impair your ability to carry out the normal functions of daily life
Once the official diagnosis has been made by your physician, you can begin your California medical marijuana card application. Applications for a medical marijuana card can be made by any person over the age of 18 years with a diagnosed medical condition, or by a caregiver over the age of 18 years for a minor. Your California medical marijuana card application needs to be made through the California Department of Public Health by filling in the application form.