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MEDICAL LAWS:

In 1996 the majority of California voters approved a measure which would enact medical marijuana in the state. In order for an individual to obtain a prescription for medical cannabis in California, they must receive permission from a licensed doctor who is approved to prescribe cannabis. The individual must also have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Note: Licensed physicians may offer prescriptions for medical marijuana for a condition not listed on the above list, as required by circumstances. It is up to the discretion of the physician whether an individual would benefit from medical marijuana.

    Legalities:

    California is one of the rare states that did not originally have a limit as to how much marijuana a patient can have on their person at any one time. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 420, which took effect in 2004, put an end to that. Now in California medical marijuana patients and caregivers are permitted to cultivate up to 18 marijuana plants - only 6 of which can be flowering - and are allowed to possess up to 8 ounces (half-pound) of marijuana. An exception to the possession limit is if a physician specifically recommends that a patient needs to have over 8 ounces on them at any time. This would be especially true for a chronically disabled patient who does not have very good mobility and can only seldom travel to a dispensary. The diagnosed condition of a patient must also be pretty severe in order for a doctor to recommend more than 8 ounces. One of the biggest downsides to California's medical marijuana law is that it allows individual townships, cities and counties to adopt their own medical marijuana laws. Many smaller towns and counties have banned medical marijuana altogether. California is also a state that does not allow medical marijuana patients from outside states to obtain their medicine.

    For any questions, comments or concerns regarding the medical marijuana program in California, please contact one of the following:

  • California Department of Public Health
  • 1615 Capitol Avenue
  • Sacramento, CA 95814
  • (916)-558-1700
  • or

  • California NORML
  • 2261 Market Street #278A
  • San Francisco, CA 94144
  • (415)-563-5858
  • www.canorml.org
  • RECREATIONAL LAWS:

    California is not only easy-going with their medical marijuana laws, but their laws surrounding recreational use are also very lax. California is one of a handful of states (not counting Colorado and Washington) who has decriminalized the recreational use of cannabis. Possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana can result in nothing more than a civil infraction and a $100 fine. However, possession with intent to distribute any amount of cannabis is a felony offense, punishable by anywhere from 16 months to 3 years incarceration.

    Sale of any amount of cannabis is also a felony, resulting in 2 to 4 years in prison. Individuals who are over 18 years of age and are caught selling marijuana to those persons between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age can find themselves facing a felony offense with the possibility of 3 to 7 years imprisonment. Cultivation of any amount is also a felony that is punishable by 16 months to 3 years incarceration.

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    fandango | Apr 4, 2014
     
    Hemp oil for cancer kief for sleep and clear cystall early weed to space out current county laws in California (most countys)are cutting back allowances to grow your own all over the state bye a handfull of people...just wrong...this decision should be put to a vote by all the people...via the internet vote
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    bman | Jul 1, 2013
     
    Good on you guest from feb,7th 2013 with the Ant phobia and the other med.problems that you and other ligit peeps have!!!! I don't care to go into all the probs. That I contend with on a day to day basis but i'm 55 yrs old and Installed very heavy built In appliances for 35 years so you can imagine how much pain im in currently with joint and back etc.then having to stop self med.Drinking at night to sleep!!!! that's just scratching the surface for for problems for Me So the day/night meds help ALLOT THANX Bman
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    Guest | May 5, 2013
     
    Dear patient who's dying I was watching the Wealth Channel's TV program this morning and they have positive information on medical marijuana (hope I spelled that correctly) one lady giving a testimony said she used Full Extract Cannibis Oil. Not a user myself but I have spinal stenois with pain. I just thought I would do my research and came across this site. I saw your request. I've never done this before but I hope it helps. I definitely will be asking my doctor. The program also used such terms as CBD and THC. They mentioned something about Abbott Pharmacy(didn't mention the location) Also the National Hockie League uses this on hockey player. I know this is not much but maybe it can be a start. They also mentioned the University of Mississippi, the national institute of Virginia
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    Guest | Apr 20, 2013
     
    Edibles?? Can a card holder have edibles, can a card holder except donations?
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    Guest | Apr 10, 2013
     
    I'm from an old Californian family (175 yrs) and have always been proud that the state was always bent to serving the needs of its average citizens. In a little while I am leaving DC to return to SF so I can have ready access to MJ. This page could use less BS and more useful information for those in need (in my case, I'm dying and the oxy no longer works. Hopefully, along with the better weather, MJ will replace the narcotics. But I need specific info about which varieties work best for cancer, post-stroke, similar problems. I do know that each variety of MJ works for a specific problem, but not which for which. What about a simple table?) So please stop the tangential bull and use this page to help those in need. Those who use a specific variety of the plant, or the pill, should write about their experience, so people like me don't waste what little time is left having to experiment. Thanks. And where are the best places to buy? What is a safe and reasonable amount to start? Do you have to roll it, or can it come pre-rolled (I've never smoked anything before.) What about using a pipe?
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    Guest | Apr 10, 2013
     
    I am leaving Maryland to return to CA (my family was there from Statehood) so I can have access to MJ. When you're terminal, you will try everything, and the opiates no longer work. This page is not particularly helpful. Rather, provide some useful information for those of us new to medicinal MJ. Which variety works best for specific problems (cancer, chronic pain, post-stroke, etc.) Where are the best places in SF or LA to buy? Is the pill form any good? Can it be smoked loose, in a pipe (I've never smoked cigarettes)? Are there MD groups that specialize in pain management? It seems that those who comment on this page are established users, but there are those, like me, who still need basic but personal information. Please try to keep us in mind.
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    Guest | Mar 4, 2013
     
    ok um...a420chick? just because it's required to go through all of that to be a doctor doesn't mean ALL doctors act as they should as per their education, it also doesn't mean that ALL doctors perscribe cannabis properly as per their education..so in some cases, your wrong and so your argument doesn't make sense. chill out good grief. lol
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    Guest | Feb 7, 2013
     
    Yeah, this idea that you need to visibly be in pain to get a card is bullshit. 420chick is right and people are only considering her "emotional" (as one commenter said) because she's a woman speaking out against that kind of bs notion a lot of patients spread. You don't know for sure if someone is lying to get a card unless you yourself have done it or personally know people who told you they have. Don't EVER assume that because people in the office seem chatty and okay that they ARE okay. Your pain does not suddenly become invalid just because a person who isn't in the same kind of visible pain as you is also getting medicine. Rather than accusing people of lying, be glad that medicine is available here in California. Don't throw those of us with serious mental illnesses or other forms of pain and suffering that come and go under the bus - for some of us with these conditions, Cannabis is literally a life saver. People are three-dimensional, and you can still be friendly and talkative whilst suffering. Just because that person may not appear to be suffering 24/7 doesn't mean that the suffering they do endure at times isn't worth being treated. That shows your lack of understanding in the field of mental illness, and is really ableist in that respect. I know that I only got my card because my partner - who doesn't even smoke or like the smell of weed - suggested I get it because we were desperate as I was getting so bad with anxiety and depression (and PTSD from rape) that I couldn't leave the house. Or, if I did, I'd have a breakdown. It wasn't until I got my card and medicated on days where my primary meds weren't working that I was able to be up and active - and eating, which I started to do less and less before getting my card (and was on the brink of collapsing most days as a result because of how dizzy I'd get). I'm actually finding that it's easier for me to talk to people without assuming they'll harm me, because if I get the right strain of medicine, it's easier for me to analyze situations in an almost therapeutic sort of way. I've started using cannabis to also help with my years-long severe fear of ants. Before cannabis I would have panic attacks at the site of an ant, and if I saw more than one in a room I would not enter that room for days, sometimes months. Ever since a group of ants got into the kitchen, I have not been able to cook food for myself because I start to itch and feel sick and nervous. However, with cannabis, doing that has become easier which has definitely had a positive impact on both myself and my relationship. You wouldn't know these things though if you saw me in a clinic. So please, don't assume. Give other potential patients the benefit of the doubt unless they tell you they're trying to get a card for solely recreational purposes (and if they are... well shit, why? B/c the people I've known in the past who were recreational smokers also were going through things like parental abuse, or racism, or some other abusive structure that had a negative impact on them - so you never know what motivates someone to smoke and whether or not they're making the right choice in doing so). If someone goes into a clinic to risk judgment or rejection from the doctor, then they may very well have a valid reason for being there. You don't get to decide what's valid and what's not if you do not have experience and education in all of the things in which people use cannabis for. A lot of us have been suffering with things that have almost killed us throughout our lives and find cannabis is a great medicine to help work those things out. Not everyone needs to be having episodes at the clinic - in fact, if you have anxiety, you may do everything in your power NOT to have an attack - and since most people invalidate mental illnesses like that as being REAL, painful conditions that are completely capable of ruining and possibly ending your life (because they truly fucking are)... yeah. Cannabis can help - I use it when my primary medication made specifically for anxiety/depression isn't helping, and it's made a HUGE difference in my ability to function on a day to day basis. Eating an entire meal is often an overwhelming and difficult process, and when my anxiety and depression peak, I can go for days without eating. Or sleeping, and when I do sleep, it feels like I never did since the chemicals in a brain impacted by mental illness can hinder your ability to have a full sleep cycle. Weed aids me with that - some days, it's the only thing that keeps me eating so that I don't collapse, it gives me the chance to experience what it's like to not feel
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    Guest | Feb 7, 2013
     
    Also I apologize for repeating myself in the above post - lol
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    Guest | Dec 14, 2012
     
    thank obama
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    Guest | Aug 31, 2012
     
    1st, thank you 420 girl! You totally rock!!! OK, I have a question. I only recently moved to California. I do have a prescription for medical marijuana. I asked the prescribing doctor if I would need a separate Rx stating that I can also GROW marijuana for my own use. The few people I do know here have reassured me that my prescription itself allows me to grow up to 6 mature plants. Knock on my door early this a.m. and it was the police wanting to see my Rx for the plants. It was in my safe deposit box but I did give him the card the prescribing dr wrote, well, the prescription itself. He said he wants it posted above the plants and he is coming back NEXT week to "make sure." Ya'll, do I need to call the doctor and ask him to write a specific Rx which actually states I can grow. So this long msg to ask if my Rx for medical marijuana HAVE to state that aside from smoking, I'm allowed to grow. Advice, anyone? And thanks in advance to everyone who tries to help!!!
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    Guest | Aug 18, 2012
     
    static0hmatic on Y messenger has a fused L4, chronic pain, and arthritis, but unfortunately lives in a fascist state that will only sell the worst, most addictive, cancer-causing substance known to man: tobacco--a state that even outlawed herbal incense, forcing anyone seeking any sort of thc or thc derivative to the black market, further empowering tobacco-producing cancer-mongers, criminal druglords, terrorists, gangs, and an oversized, over-zealous legal system. If anyone has any remote recommendations for a chronic pain and arthritis sufferer from a fascist, inhumane hell-hole, I'd be all ears. Have a nice day :)
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    Guest | Jul 18, 2012
     
    420chick is a pot head
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    Guest | May 26, 2012
     
    420chick just schooled your ass lol
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    Guest | Apr 23, 2012
     
    I love 420 chick she was sooooo articulate educated I bet she's sexy
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    Guest | Apr 5, 2012
     
    for mr.doc i aree with 420 chick just bcause people arent thriving in pain 24-7 doesnt mean they dont have a legitimate need for their medicine.i am a diagnosed manic depressive and a weight disorder where i cant gain weight. i can move around and talk to people just fine but without my cannibus meds i slip into a deep depression.i dont doubt you need ur medicine but please dont think others are faking for a card when you dont know their circumstances!!!thanx!!!
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    Guest | Mar 23, 2012
     
    I got pulled over for speeding and the officer smelled the marijuana. After all was said and done, the officer let me go after a sobriety test, leaving my pipe and weed to me. I even forgot my card at home and so he just told me to keep it with me from now on. THis is in California.
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    Guest | Mar 23, 2012
     
    its unfortunate we even need to have the card to grow and smoke. Hey if it keeps me out of jail and large fines than Im all in. Politicians and corporations use loopholes in the laws all the time so why shouldn't I. Shit we all have trouble sleeping some nights, we all feel a little down sometimes, we all have nausea and get sick and marijuana happens to be a great medicine to treat many ailments. So its our right to get a medical marijuana card I just don't like the fact that there are so many patients and so little doctors who prescribe it. It just doesn't seem right.
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    Guest | Mar 16, 2012
     
    Their ARE places that hand out medical marijuana cards with no evidence of a medical problem! My best friend got his card yesterday from 420 solutions, they required no medical evidence and gave him a card in 15 minutes! He has no medical issues at all, and didn't bring anything in showing he had a reason to use medical marijuana! I personally get my evaluation from medicann, and the DO require dr's proof that you require medical marijuana! So , YES, their are illegitimate dr.s handing out cards with no proof of medical need! they should be dealt with accordingly b4 they ruin it all for the legitimate patients!
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    Guest | Mar 1, 2012
     
    Im a Medical Marijuana Patient In Michigan If Anyone In California Has Some Good Prices We Should work Something Out
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    Guest | Oct 13, 2011
     
    I fell down a hill and damaged 3 discs in my spine. They operated on my low back but couldn't operate on my mid back because the spine in that area controls heart beat and respiration. I now have syringomyelia, an incurable condition that causes much pain. Have found medical Indica to be a Godsend for chronic pain, fibro and degenerative arthritis in back and hands.
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    rhinourkel | Aug 27, 2011
     
    Yeah ; and don't forget that they'll add something to it to get us addicted too "THEIR Product!"
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    rhinourkel | Aug 27, 2011
     
    But then again : I've been telling Ya'All that no Pot is gonna be legal in any of the US states untill the National Homeland Security Agreements with other Nations are changed.This is the LAW that keeps Pot from being legal. And all these bills and lobbying are just good fund raisers..! "THEY" know Pot isn't gonna be legalized ..! Not with Homeland Security Agreement that reads ALL PHYSCOACTIVE DRUGS WILL REMAIN ILLEGAL..!
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    Guest | Aug 14, 2011
     
    A person without a MED REC shouldnt have to feel like a criminal. Hopefully one day, it will be fully legal and availible to everyone (except the tobacco company...they'll screw it all up adding all thier chemicals, artificial flavors, and menthol crap)
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    hez420 | Aug 13, 2011
     
    Wow i must say good reading, but really i am new to here and was hoping to get some basic growing advice as simple as what leaves on a teen clone planted a month ago should i be cutting and any other advice for my 7 teens i have Danny Boys Purple Wreck Sour Diesel any help?
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    Guest | Aug 11, 2011
     
    I need a job please
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    Guest | Jul 3, 2011
     
    just medicate and all be ok ~!~!no need fo drama and all the crap~!~marijauna help alot of things~!~theres always some in a crowd~! some really need some really dont ~!I DO need ~!~
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    chronic sufferer | Jun 10, 2011
     
    So much emotion over this issue. I agree that people need all the facts. I am glad to live in California though no matter what the bad sides are. The fact that some people lie to get a card is true, they lie daily to get pills from other doctors so that is no shock. I only know that all I tell my doctor is the truth and the fact I need help for my pain is true. So I sleep good at night. I do thank everyone for their comments it is good to read all the information. Even though sometimes you have to research for yourself to see the real facts.
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    Guest | May 25, 2011
     
    What about the "patients right to work" bill that got passed through senate and then vetoed by that infadel arnie.
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    a420chick | May 21, 2011
     
    This artical STILL does NOT relate the law properley!! GEEZ Wess!! Ive tried to help...
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    sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011
     
    Thank you to the website and everyone who has posted here. I have never really understood the medical marijuana laws and this article has truly and is truly helping me to understand it further. So thank you
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    a420chick | Apr 10, 2011
     
    Throwing insinuating ideas around like that is libel to make people think and believe the wrong things when it comes to facts about medical marijuana and the laws governing it. Those ideas can really hurt the forward progression of these laws and our rights! Think you should think before you put shit out there...
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    Guest | Apr 7, 2011
     
    Calm your ass down. Go smoke a joint and relax.Give me a break you know there are people out there who lie to get a card and doctors out there that will give one for the right price. You kind of over reacted and need to calm down.
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    Guest | Apr 7, 2011
     
    Relax dude go smoke a joint. Your blowing the comment way out of porportion. We all know there are lots of people out there who do not have anything wrong with them but have gotten weed prescribed from some doctor for the right amount of money.
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    a420chick | Apr 2, 2011
     
    In response to MrDoc's March 31st post: I have a problem with some of the statements made in your post. For example you state: "I live in California and sometimes feel that they hand out cards to any random joe with a problem he claims he needs marijuana for." *** Who is "they"? Are you referring to the Board Certified Physician's who have the power to recommend Cannabis to their patients? Must I remind you that becoming a doctor is a long, hard, costly process that can only be accomplished with immense dedication. The capacity to get and maintain high levels of knowledge which have to be continually up-to-date, and the facility to relate to people as individuals is not learned in some half ass trade school. To become a doctor, you need to study biology, chemistry, physics, and often math and English. It is difficult to get into medical school. As a matter of fact, the required coursework to become medical doctor in the US consists of 11 to 15 years of continued education AFTER high school. To help you understand why "they" are qualified to recommend Cannabis as an alternative treatment to their patients I’ve listed the requirements they have met to do so. Starting with obtaining a Bachelor's Degree,(Required Time: About 4 Years. Next take and pass the MCAT. (Medical College Admissions Test) followed by graduating from Medical School. (Required Time: About 4 Years) You must obtain a medical degree such as an M.D. (allopathic medical degree) or D.O. (doctorate of osteopathic medicine) from an American medical school, or equivalent degree from an international medical school. Then you must complete a medical residency training program. (Required Time: 3-5 Years, depending on specialty) The length of the medical residency training program you must complete varies according to the medical specialty in which you are training. Residency programs are a minimum of three years for primary care and some medical specialties. After that, you will have to pass the USMLE. (Required Time: 3-6 days, plus study time) The USMLE is a three-part exam required to obtain a medical license in the U.S. Each part of the exam takes 1-2 days to complete. Next, complete Fellowship Training.(Required Time: A fellowship training program may be as short as 6 months or up to 3 years in length and varies per specialty)then you must get a State Medical License. (Required Time: Several hours to complete application and gather documentation, plus turn-around/wait time of 3-9 months) In addition to your US medical license, you must also have a state medical license in the state where you plan to practice. After completing the application and paying the fee, the turn-around time can be anywhere from three months to nine months, depending on the state, and depending on any issues that may arise during processing such as incomplete records, or background issues. Pass the Medical Board Exam for Your Specialty. (Required Time: About 2 Days, plus study time) The American Board of Medical Specialties certifies physicians in their respective specialty. Board certification used to be an option, but most employers (hospitals, particularly) are now requiring board-certification. The board certification process consists of a written exam and an oral exam. Then theres shit like "Local Credentialing" and "Hospital Privileges", and obtaining Provider Numbers and DEA Numbers. In order to accomplish ALL this you'll need: •A strong work ethic. •A passion and drive for medicine, and for helping and caring for others. •A lot of money, or loans, or scholarships. •Health and well-being. •A great memory or ability to memorize medical terminology, symptoms, medications •Strength in math and science. •Excellent communication skills. •Tenacity •A lot of time to study, memorize, and practice. •A clean background. Some aspects to be a doctor: •Competence •Honesty •Spirit of overcoming •Confidentially •Responsibility •Gentle •Advocacy •Kindness •Dedication That being said, I don’t think YOU are qualified to have feelings one way or another regarding HOW these physician's "hand out cards to any random joe with a problem he claims he needs marijuana for" I think any physician would be very offended by such a statement considering THEY are the ones qualified to make this decision NOT you or the patients they treat. You say you were "first kinda bugged" when you went to get YOUR medical card " after experiencing a lot of problems with my health and needed a way to get cannabis without having to drive to a drug dealers house for average medicine. I made the switch to become a patient and when I went, I noticed how many people didn't seem to be in pain." How dare you put your alleged medical needs above those of others! ONLY your medical conditions are relieved by weed? And since you do not list ANY of your medical issues or how those came to be there is no way for any of us to know for SURE if your pain is greater than or your need for relief is greater than anyone else’s! Are you NOT familiar with ALL the medical conditions Cannabis is currently being used to treat? Not everyone suffers the same way or at the same time or to the same degree! How does someone "use the system" anyhow? What system are you referring to? Sounds to me like your issues are with the physicians who are issuing the recommendations’. If that’s the case then you also have an issue with the California Medical Board as well as the Office of Inspector General! Oh and all the medical schools and their required curriculum too...Or maybe you have an issue with the special program these physicians are required to register with prior to issuing these recommendations’! Are you and those with your medical issues the only ones allowed to experience the relief of being able to purchase quality medicine to help with quality of life on the regular? You’re the only one that shouldn’t have to chance being arrested over a plant used for medical purposes? Who are you to say whether or not I am just getting stoned with my buddies (unless your there too getting stoned with those same buddies you wouldn’t know now would you?!) I am also glad 15 states have passed laws allowing for medical use of cannabis...It’s my desire to see ALL 50 states pass similar laws. The DEA's raids on dispensaries IS NOT what’s preventing the "federal level of the government" from getting on board with the states’ rights to pass and enact these medical marijuana laws...Its WAY MORE COMPLICATED AND SORTED THEN THAT MY FRIEND... Your comment in its entirety does nothing but make you look uneducated and self centered to say the least and really makes "random joe's" like myself or anyone other than YOU (to hear you say it)angry! Its none of your fricking business what my or anyone else’s medical conditions are that can be relieved by the use of cannabis! As a matter of fact, confidentiality laws are in place for a reason! The doctor patient relationship is personal and between a doctor and his patient...No one has the right to speak their mind regarding anyone else’s medical needs other than their own! I think you should apologize to everyone who has read your comment...
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    MrDoc | Mar 31, 2011
     
    I live in California and sometimes feel that they hand out cards to any random joe with a problem he claims he needs marijuana for. This at first kinda bugged me when I went to get my medical card after experiencing alot of problems with my health and needed a way to get cannabis without having to drive to a drug dealers house for average medicine. I made the switch to become a patient and when I went, I noticed how many people didn't seem to be in pain. I was dying and aching all around, having had to drive a good amount of time and not taking pain medication, everyone in the office was up and down chatting with each other. I then realized this didn't bug me too much because for every random person who is using the system, their is a person like me who is getting so much relief from being able to purchase quality medicine to help my quality of life on the regular. I don't have to chance being arrested or any other problems for a plant I use for medicinal purposes, not to just get stoned with my buddies. I am glad that states around the country have been able to pass laws to allow medical marijuana to be used, if only the federal level of the government would join in and stop raiding dispensaries.
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    Andy J | Mar 18, 2011
     
    This is one of the easiest reviews to write, as a resident of sunny California I must say one of my favorite things about living in this state is it's tolerance to marijuana. It is one of our trademarks as a state and it really shows as you travel around. There are dispensaries popping up all over, and the attitude towards cannabis has really evolved here over the last few years. People are very live and let live and this is one of my favorite things about this state. Also outside of medical approval, we are one of the few states that has decriminalized marijuana, so even if you don't have your card there isn't a huge criminal element involved with obtaining smoke. If you like 420 time, I would recommend moving to the western coast any day.
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    drrubina | Mar 13, 2011
     
    This is great news for all California residents. I like this very much and I hope that they legalize weed use in Cali for everyone.
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    a420chick | Mar 12, 2011
     
    California's ID card program is 100% voluntary and truly makes no difference what so ever in the protections offered medical marijuana patients with valid reconmendations. It was set up to help law enforcment identify those protected under Prop 215 from those who are not. In the beginning 420 Dr.'s didnt have the verification web sites and phone numbers for 24 hr verification for law enforcment like they do now. I did find out one thing having the state card will protect you from surprisingley is DUI!! Not drunk driving, but driving under the influence of marijuana will not be charged to patients with the CA ID card...so thats cool...otherwise they would charge patients for DUI but lose in court. Thats just a pain in the ass...
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    a420chick | Mar 12, 2011
     
    I posted the law change just tonight Chief lol...Its an infraction now in Ca..up to an oz. I let the tech team for CannabisSearch.com know their content was wrong under Legal Guidlines for CA. They need to update that info...
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    HolyKush | Mar 11, 2011
     
    Great information here. I wish that the state would give you your medical card for free. Here where I live, we have to pay almost 200 dollars to have the ID card. I just keep a copy of my Dr. Recommendation on me at all times.
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    Chief | Mar 4, 2011
     
    I'm surprised there is no mention of Arnold signing the bill saying that you can possess up to an ounce on you and not have it treated as a felony.
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    GanjaKing420 | Jan 28, 2011
     
    The card program is great but understand that reconmendation and cards provided from doctors are not recognized by local law enforcement. I know this after having mine held for me while I was in jail on a warrent. The arresting officer checked it as personal property and when I tried to get it the officer in charge said I must have a card provided by the department of public health in order to get it back. So make sure to call this number and get that to make sure you are a 100 percent covered. I mean they would have left it at the place I was if I wanted them to and they didn't charge me but they still wouldn't let me get it back without this proper card required by the state inorder to be recognized as a legit patient.