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Find a doctor, get a recommendation
The first step is getting a doctor’s recommendation. We have a list of local and tele-health doctors who specialize in cannabis recommendations to get you started. If you already have a recommendation, you can skip this step and start with Methods of Medicating — but if you’re curious about the official standards doctors must follow, here are the details:
- History and good faith examination of the patient.
- Development of a treatment plan with objectives.
- Provision of informed consent including discussion of side effects.
- Periodic review of the treatment’s efficacy.
- Consultation, as necessary.
- Proper record keeping that supports the decision to recommend the use of medical marijuana
- Medical Doctor (MD)
- Physician Assistant (PA)
- Osteopathic Physician (DO)
- Osteopathic Physician Assistant (OA)
- Naturopathic Physician (ND)
- Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
Below, we’ve listed some local physicians who issue cannabis recommendations. If you have difficulty getting to a doctor’s office, consider using HelloMD, an online service. Providers follow the same standard of care, whether the patient is seen in-person, through telehealth or other methods of electronically enabled health care. Read the laws about telehealth medicine for more information. Physicians need not reside in California, as long as they have a valid, current California license. Use the link in the listing below to receive a $10 discount.
If you need assistance in obtaining and using medical cannabis, you may designate a primary caregiver who will then be legally permitted to handle and transport cannabis on your behalf.
A primary caregiver is a person who consistently assumes the responsibility for the housing, health or safety of the applicant (patient). This may be a friend or relative, or the owner, operator or employee of an appropriately licensed clinic, facility, hospice, or home health agency. A caregiver may have more than one patient, but a patient may not have more than one designated primary caregiver.
The caregiver cannot apply for this certification; the patient must apply for them. This consists of completing a Caregiver Designation Form. A qualified caregiver can be given this authorization at the time of your first visit when we verify the patient’s recommendation letter and photo ID. If you wish to designate someone as a caregiver, please ensure they meet the guidelines described above. Consult an attorney if you are unsure whether someone qualifies as a primary caregiver. The caregiver may also apply for an optional California MMP Card.