420 Evaluations in California - Everything You Need to Know

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A 420 Evaluation is a simple process that allows patients to legally access Medical Marijuana.

Since 1996, Medical Doctors and Physicians are allowed to recommend Medical Marijuana to their patients, age 21 and over, for many specified conditions and symptoms.

After trying and failing, to get denied a medical card, there was solace knowing that those who needed Marijuana could get it."

--  Patient that temporarily failed to get a MMJ Recommendation.

Under the California Compassionate Care Act, Proposition 420 and Senate Bill 215, patients and their designated primary caregivers may possess and cultivate Marijuana for their personal medical use, once they are given a recommendation by a California licensed physician.

What Exactly does a Medical Marijuana Evaluation and Recommendation Entail?

A Medical Marijuana Evaluation is completed by a California licensed Doctor or Physician to assess if a patient qualifies for treatment using Medical Cannabis. This consultation can now be easily completed online. The online 420 Evaluation process is supported by the Medical Board of California. 

Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions in California Include:

  • Anorexia
  • AIDS
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

In addition, "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".

MMJDOCTORONLINE Notes:  A Medical Marijuana Doctor is available, now, online, to complete a Cannabis Consultation and 420 Evaluation of your conditions and symptoms. Our user friendly process is designed to save both doctors and patients time, while complying with Telehealth Business and Professions Code, Section 2290.5, which does not change the standard of care received from an in-clinic visit.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) ID Card

Some people think that obtaining a Medical Marijuana ID Card is tricky, but we've made the online process very simple. 

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MMJ Cards are a convenient way to identify Californians that have attained the right to purchase, possess and grow Medical Marijuana.  MMJ ID Cards allow quick and easy access to any licensed Cannabis Club or Dispensary in State. 

To obtain a Medical Marijuana card in California you need both:

  • a 420 Recommendation. 
  • a Driver's License or State ID

MMJDOCTORONLINE's online ID verification services are available 24/7, or by phone.  Please note that first time visitors may need to show a copy of their Recommendation on their first visit to a licensed MMJ dispensary.

While is not generally difficult to get a Recommendation, there can be problems going to a random clinic or doctor.  Here is an example of a legitimate patient's misadventure in getting a Recommendation from a dodgy clinic.

"I was left thinking about the famous quote from Andy Warhol, “I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.” After trying and failing, to get denied a medical card, there was solace knowing that those who needed Marijuana could get it, and that there were so many doctors who championed it’s healing powers. I had to admit, my ego was bruised, but I knew there was something out there to cure what ailed me."

Q & A  - Medical Marijuana in California

How Much Marijuana can a Patient Purchase, Grow or Possess?

  • 6 mature or 12 immature plants
  • 1/2 pound (8 oz.) processed Cannabis per patient

** Patients risk arrest if they exceed the SB 420 guidelines Cities and counties may allow higher, but not lower limits than the California State standard listed above.

Transporting Medical Marijuana

Patients are allowed to transport their Medical Marijuana legally IF the original container or bag is not opened or the protective seal is unbroken.

In California, a person is guilty of DUI if they drive under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, including Marijuana. However, the state must show that the substance impaired the driver's ability and simply ingesting and smoking does not constitute an offense in itself.

Regulations Regarding Consumption

Medical Marijuana ID Card California


Bill 420 bans Marijuana smoking in no smoking zones, including areas within 1000 feet of a school or youth center (except in private residences), on school buses, in moving motor vehicles, or while operating a boat or ship. Patients are advised to be discreet and perhaps choose to consume oral or smokeless Cannabis preparations while in public.


Proposition 215

Senate Bill Number 420

California NORML - Patient's Guide to Medical Marijuana Law



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