420 Medical Marijuana Evaluations & the main Cannabis Laws that affect patients in California

420 Medical Marijuana Doctor & the Law

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User Guide to California Medical Cannabis Laws .

Bill 420 - The Medical Marijuana Program Act .

Bill 420 allows Californian adults to purchase, possess, use or grow Medical Marijuana for compassionate use, provided they have a recommendation from a state licensed physician .

Medical Marijuana refers to the use of Cannabis or its bioactive constituent cannabinoids as a medication to treat disease or symptoms. Advocates, including some members of the medical establishment and government, believe that Cannabis can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and treat chronic pain and muscle spasms among other maladies.

Bill 420 was passed by the California State Legislature in 1996 in adherence to the Tenth Amendment in the Constitution. This bill, in combination with Proposition 215, The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, established the guidelines and regulations for the California Medical Marijuana program.  

Bill 420 Medical Marijuana highlights:

  • SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS may possess, cultivate and use if treatment is recommended by a licensed physician
  • PRIMARY CAREGIVERS, if authorized, may possess or cultivate Medical Marijuana for use by their patient
  • PHYSICIANS are protected from any state criminal or civil liability for recommending or approving Medical Marijuana to patients

MMJDOCTORONLINE Note:  420 Evaluations are completed by California State Licensed Physicians.  This user-friendly process is typically completed entirely online, within one or two days.

Medical Cannabis may be administered with a vaporizer, smoking dried buds, consuming edibles, administering extracts, taking capsules or using oral sprays. Synthetic cannabinoids such as dronabinol and nabilone are also allowed by prescription.

Proposition 215 - Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana

Proposition 215, Section 11362.5 of the California Health & Safety Code, exempts patients and specified caregivers that possess or cultivate Marijuana as recommended by a licensed physician against criminal charges.  Physicians that recommend the use of Marijuana for medical purposes cannot be punished or denied any right or privilege of the state.  However, physicians are prohibited from condoning non-medical Medical Marijuana use.  

The California Department of Justice states that qualified patients and caregivers may possess 8 ounces of dried Marijuana provided that they have been granted a state-issued Medical Marijuana Identification Card. Card holders are also allowed to grow up to 6 mature or 12 immature Marijuana plants. Further, the state goes on to declare that cities and counties may adjust guidelines upwardly, allowing approved users to maintain more plants.

Under Prop. 215, Medical Marijuana use is prohibited within 1000 feet of any public place, in the workplace or while traveling by any means of transport.  An employer may terminate employees that test positive for Marijuana under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Coining the Name of Bill 420 - Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid



According to folklore, in 1971, a rag-tag group from San Rafael called the Waldos scheduled their regular Cannabis meeting place aptly at the campus' statue of Dr. Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m. The Waldos' catchphrase of 420 Louis caught on and it soon became a cool codeword for Marijuana-smoking in general.

Steven Hager of High Times scribe of ,"Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?", proclaimed that 4:20 p.m. as the intelligent and socially acceptable time to start Cannabis consumption. Later, the 420 term was linked to the Grateful Dead, with their followers being credited with popularizing the term world-wide.

In North America, the day of April 20 became a counterculture holiday celebrating the joys of Cannabis consumption.   Some Cannabis Day events have strong political overtones and have become a rallying point to advocate legalization. Recently, through these gatherings, pro-Marijuana groups have amalgamated considerable power, influencing both universities and community.

 Medical Marijuana ID Cards

The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana   Program (MMP) provides a State-authorized Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) and maintains a confidential database of qualified users and caregivers.  Participation is voluntary and only authorized authorities and public can verify the validity of MMIC Cards online.

MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: Our 420 Evaluation Center provides clients with high quality Medical Marijuana Cards.  This user friendly process is completed online and cards are received by mail in about 3 days.

Medical Marijuana Law - County, State & Federal

Today, the various levels of government laws often conflict with one another and are inconsistent in many areas, including Medical Marijuana.  California has 482 cities and 58 counties, each endowed with the power to govern local Medical Marijuana industries. Medical Marijuana users should become familiar with County ordinances, especially when growing or possessing larger amounts of Medical Marijuana. Differences in county regulations can be extreme.  While one county may allow users to possess several pounds medical herb, another, literally a few miles away, may have a zero tolerance policy.

Currently, the Federal authorities are largely a non-issue for legal, small-time Medical Marijuana users in the State of California.  Thankfully, there is serious talk by most of the 2016 Presidential candidates to either legalize Medical Marijuana across the country or alternately leave the issue entirely within the jurisdiction of the individual states.

420 Medical Marijuana Bill Summary

  • Any adult can become a legal Medical Marijuana patient in California, provided that they get a recommendation from a licensed physician to treat a medical condition.
  • Once a person qualifies, a Medical Marijuana Patient Verification Card is issued.
  • MMJ Identification Card and b recommendation document allows for the purchase of Medical Marijuana from any dispensary in the state.
  • The legal right to use Medical Marijuana can be established as required by hard copy, MMJ ID Card  and online verification.
  • All patient information is privileged, confidential and cannot be given to others without patient permission.
  • A medical marijuana recommendation legally entitled you to grow, possess, consume, and transport Cannabis as a medicine in the state of California. Note that some county ordinances differ from that of the state.
  • If you test positive for Marijuana, your employer may have grounds for termination, despite having a MMJ ID card and recommendation.
  • Medical Marijuana use is not covered by health insurance.

MMJDOCTORONLINE Note: For more information about Medical Marijuana Recommendations, 420 Evaluations and MMJ Cards, contact one of our Licensed California Cannabis Doctors here.

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