Medical Cannabis in California
The world of medical cannabis may be difficult to navigate for new users. Swift Comfort is here to help and to make the process safe, accessible, affordable, and welcoming.
Q: Is cannabis even legal in California?
A: Yes, Medical Cannabis is legal in California. Proposition 215 was passed in 1996, and California Senate Bill 420 was passed in 2003 which laid out state guidelines concerning the production and distribution of medical cannabis. There are currently nearly 759,000 registered medical marijuana patients in the state of California.
Q: How can I obtain my medical cannabis card?
A: To obtain a medical cannabis recommendation from a physician, you must have a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in California include:
- Chronic pain
- Persistent muscle spasms, including those associated with multiple sclerosis
- Seizures, including, but not limited to, those associated with epilepsy
- Severe nausea
- Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities (as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) or, if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient's safety or physical or mental health
You can obtain your medical cannabis physician’s recommendation a number of ways. You can get a prescription from you primary care physician, or you could visit any number of doctors who specialize in medical cannabis therapies and recommendations and procure one that way. There are also apps now available that allow you to obtain a medical cannabis physician’s recommendation via FaceTime/ telemedicine conference. Generally speaking, you must be 18 or older to obtain a medical cannabis physician’s recommendation.
Q: I’d rather not discuss medical cannabis with my regular physician. Are there any other options available to me?
A: All patients must have a primary care physician. However, assuming you require greater discretion with your primary care physician, other services are available. There are numerous doctors who specialize in medical cannabis recommendations, many in the greater Sacramento area can be found via Weedmaps.
Alternatively, patients seeking the most expedited route to a medical cannabis prescription may also utilize Hello MD, a simple iPhone app (free to download) that allows prospective patients to access a telemedicine consultation via FaceTime. The video service is 100% online, 100% legal, and is completed via a quick 20-minute process. Learn more at www.hellomd.com.
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