Medical Marijuana Recommendation
What to Know & Why You Should Have One
What is a Recommendation?
A “Physician’s recommendation” or a medical marijuana card means you have been evaluated by a licensed physician and received a recommendation indicating that you may benefit from the use of cannabis products for medicinal or therapeutic reasons.
A medical marijuana recommendation is not a traditional prescription. Cannabis (aka: Marijuana) is classified by the federal government as a Schedule I drug and doctors are unable to prescribe it to their patients. But physicians can, and many do, recommend its use.
A noted difference between standard prescriptions and medical marijuana recommendations is that prescriptions come with a designated dosage and instructions for use, while recommendations do not.
You can get a medical marijuana recommendation from a qualified physician at 420 Med Evaluations.
What is a State ID Card (MMIC card)?
The California Department of Public Health is responsible for issuing Medical Marijuana Identification Cards (MMICP), often referred to as a as a State ID card.
To apply for this card visit: www.cdph.ca.gov
State ID Card holders are exempt from the sales & use tax and in some jurisdictions, the additional city cannabis tax that may be imposed. Ask your dispensary what to expect regarding taxation of your cannabis products.
Why you should get (or renew) a Recommendation
Some cities in California are only allowing Medical or Type M licenses, making a recommendation necessary if you want to purchase from a dispensary or delivery service near you.
If you are between the ages of 18-20, a medical recommendation will be required for access.
Many older adults prefer the formality of going through the medical marijuana recommendation process as experienced cannabis physician’s can help consumers be better informed about using cannabis products for medicinal purposes.
Having a medical marijuana recommendation is the first step to obtaining an MMIC card. The MMIC card provides consumers with an exemption from sales taxes which can range from 7.25% to as much as 10% in some cities in California. If you spend $100 or more each month at a dispensary, the cost of the MMIC card will pay for itself in the tax savings alone (like a Costco membership card for many households).
Plan to travel or visit relatives/friends? Some States outside of California will accept your California issued medical marijuana recommendation/MMIC card and often offer discounts on products as well as tax breaks. Every state is unique in their laws, here is a good resource for learning more about the laws in each state.
Some dispensaries and deliver services offer a ‘fast-pass’ line for medical users, as well as discounts on products (ask before you visit).
There are state limits on the amount of cannabis products a consumer may purchase on a daily basis. The medical marijuana recommendation allows you to purchase beyond those limits. This is ideal for the consumer who doesn’t want to have to make regular trips/or schedule multiple deliveries each month, or for the consumer who finds they need higher doses to achieve best results.
It is important to understand that there is no such thing as medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. It is all the same. It is simply how consumers use and purchase it that defines the category into which is falls.
Daily Purchase limits for Recreational use (aka: Adult Use)
- No more than 28.5 grams (one ounce) of non-concentrated cannabis per day
- No more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis per day
- No more than 6 immature cannabis plants per day
Daily Purchase limits for Medicinal use (a medical marijuana recommendation is required)
- No more than 8 ounces of cannabis per day (this equates to up to 224 grams total cannabis per day)
- You can legally grow 12 cannabis plants vs. 6 per household, without a recommendation
- Some companies will produce products with higher concentrations for consumers who require higher doses and retailers are required to hold a medical use license and confirm consumers purchasing these items hold a valid medical marijuana recommendation