Can Californians use and possess Marijuana legally?
Yes, under Prop 215 and SB 420.
What is PROP 215 and SB420?
Proposition 215, also known as the Compassionate Use Act, was passed in 1996 which legalized the use of medical marijuana for qualifying residents of the state of California.
Senate Bill 420 or the Medical Marijuana Program Act was passed in 2003 and it raised possession limits as well as provided a state medical marijuana card. It also provided more protective rights for the medical cannabis user.
Does the Federal Government not recognize California Medical Marijuana Recommendations?
Yes, the Federal Government does not recognize California’s medical marijuana laws, because cannabis cultivation, possession, and use are still illegal under federal law even for patients who qualify. California however does support it as an alternative treatment and the laws within the state remain steadfast and unaffected by the conflict.
What is a Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
After your medical evaluation with the doctor, if you qualify, you will be issued a letter of recommendation on the spot. This will be your proof that you are now a legal medical marijuana patient in California. You will be able to exercise all the rights under Prop 215 and SB 420. As long as you act within the guidelines of the state law, you will be able to consume, carry and cultivate marijuana legally in California. You will also be able to integrate medical marijuana into your treatment plan. Another term for marijuana recommendation letter is marijuana ID card, but unlike a recommendation letter a marijuana ID card is a small plastic card that’s the size of your drivers license. If you would like to convert your recommendation letter to a marijuana ID card we can to that for you for an additional $20. Please note that the marijuana ID card has no additional power it’s more of a convenience thing.
What does my Dr.Ganja physician’s Recommendation allows under SB420?
Possession of up to 8 ounces of dried, processed marijuana.
Cultivation of up to 6 mature or 12 immature plants.
The above are the minimal requirements, but each county can raise these limits.
Applies only within the state of California.
Purchase and cultivation are for personal use only.
As a courtesy, cultivation should be indoors or within a greenhouse, but is not necessary.
Are there any current issues I should be aware of in regards to possession of Medical Marijuana?
In 2008, the Second District of California Court of Appeals ruled that medical marijuana limits under SB420 were unconstitutional, especially in regards to limiting patient rights and in 2010 the California Supreme Court approved this notion. This is just an opinion. This does not mean the limits above are unenforceable. Unless you are interested in getting arrested, hold to the limits of SB420 and adjust according to the laws of the city or county in which you live.
Are there any current issues I should be aware of regarding Medical Marijuana cultivation?
As of 2013, cities and counties are attempting to pass zoning laws regarding marijuana cultivation. This is due to neighbor complaints of the sight and odor of marijuana and overly punitive local officials. There have also been a few incidences of violence with outdoor grows which have been noted by those who are pushing for zoning. Although it is our recommendation to cultivate indoors or within a greenhouse as a courtesy to neighbors and for safety, it is not a stipulation within SB420. We will keep you updated on any changes.
Will getting a Medical Marijuana Recommendation, help me with my failed drug test?
No, a doctor’s medical marijuana recommendation cannot be backdated from the day it is approved.
Will my current Medical insurance cover the costs of a Medical Cannabis Recommendation?
No, at this time there are no medical insurance companies who are willing to cover your marijuana evaluation or medication costs.
What Medical conditions qualify for legal Medical Marijuana?
Patients with a wide variety of conditions may qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation including, but not limited to:
Headaches, including Migraine
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Will I be seen by a real licensed Medical Marijuana doctor?
Yes. Every patient is seen by Doctor Vlad Nusinovich or another medically licensed physician who specializes in medical marijuana who is working at our office that day.
What happens at the Evaluation?
All evaluations are tailored to your specific needs. During the evaluation the doctor will discuss with you your medical history and symptoms to determine if medical marijuana is appropriate for you. He will conduct general physical tests such as blood pressure and temperature and will answer any and all questions you may have. For a more details about the experience, please visit our New Patient or Renewal Patient page.
What are the costs?
Please call 877-374-2652 or email us for individual prices. Only cash accepted. We have an ATM in the waiting area.
Where are you located and is there free parking?
We are located at 7855 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. Drive in to the Whole Foods plaza and park for free, and walk east to our office which is on the same plaza.
What are the hours of operations?
Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 5pm appointments are preferred.
How long is the Medical Marijuana Evaluation?
Typically, 30 minutes.
Will it cost me anything if I am denied a Marijuana Recommendation after an Evaluation?
No, there is no consultation or evaluation fee for in office appointments. You only pay if you qualify for a recommendation.
Can I get a Marijuana Evaluation if I am under 18 years old?
You must be over 18 to be evaluated. We make no exceptions. If you are under 21 we ask that you please bring medical paper work.
If I am under the age of 21, how do I get my Medical records?
It’s as simple as contacting the physician or hospital where you received your last treatment and letting them know that you are requesting your medical records. They will let you know what fees or identification you need to provide to receive them. Typically, you need to provide the physician with a written authorization in order to have your records released.
How long can I use my Marijuana Card before I need a Renewal?
How do I get my Marijuana Card Renewed and how much does it cost?
Please check our Renewal page for details, but it is as easy as an Appointment away. Please call or email for pricing.
Where do I take my Recommendation to get Medical Marijuana?
California law prohibits physicians from assisting or providing the patient with information about how to obtain medical marijuana. There are directories available where a patient can choose from a variety of dispensaries in California where they can purchase medical marijuana with the recommendation.
How do I set up an appointment?
Setting up an appointment is easy! Call us at 877-DRGANJA 877-374-2652 or visit the Book An Appointment page to set up an appointment online!
What is a private appointment and how do I set it up?
A private appointment is where the doctor comes to the comfort of your home or office and evaluates you there. We cover the West Los Angeles areas such as West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood and others. You can set up the private appointment online or over the phone at 877-374-2652. For pricing please contact us.
What is the difference between a Marijuana Certificate, Marijuana Recommendation Letter and Marijuana ID Card?
There is no difference between a certificate and a recommendation letter; they are just different terms for the same thing. You will get a recommendation letter/certificate from us if you are approved by the doctor. If you would like to convert that recommendation letter/certificate to a plastic medical marijuana ID card which is the size of your drivers license, we can to that for you for an additional $20. Please note that the marijuana ID card has no additional power it’s more of a convenience thing.
What should I bring to my Medical Marijuana appointment?
Generally, the two items you need to bring are your California Driver’s License or ID card and any medical paperwork you may have. There are different requirements for a New Patient and Renewal, please check those pages for more details.