How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

Updated: Jul 15

If you want to enjoy the benefits of lower pot costs and the ability to purchase larger quantities, you might be wondering how to get a medical marijuana card.


Or, maybe you’re not of legal age to use marijuana recreationally. So, you could use that card to help you with sleep issues, anxiety, and all the other issues that keep coming up.


We know there are significant differences in recreational and medical marijuana use and laws. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get your medicine easily. Keep reading to find out how to get a medical marijuana card in California.


Guide to Getting a Medical Marijuana Card in California


To purchase medical cannabis in California, you’ll need a medical marijuana ID card. The steps in applying for a medical marijuana card begin with getting a physician’s recommendation. Let’s break down the medical marijuana card process into two approaches: the old and the modern.


The Old Way to Get a Medical Marijuana Card


Back in the early days of medical marijuana in California, you first made sure you were eligible (you need to be 18+ or have the approval of a legal guardian). Then, you took a trip to a doctor’s office to get examined. Finally, the doctor determined if you qualified for a card. You provided identification (a state-issued or government ID) and proof of residency. Then you completed an application and brought that form to your local county MMIC office. You waited 30 days for application verification and another 35 days to get your card. This is still a viable route. But, let’s talk about how to get a card in modern times.

The Modern Way to Get a Medical Marijuana Card


Today, you don’t have to go through old-school processes to get a medical marijuana card. Thanks to services like FadeMD, you can register online to speak to a licensed California doctor. Then, get approved for your card within minutes.


Here’s what you do...

  1. Give the online service a few personal details

  2. Enter a virtual waiting room

  3. Meet the physician for a telehealth evaluation

  4. If eligible, get a recommendation letter immediately

  5. Receive a hard copy of the recommendation via snail mail


Your emailed recommendation letter will have a seven-character ID code that identifies California’s medical marijuana program. This code lets you purchase from a licensed medical dispensary right away.


That’s all!


So get your card and get into Foothill Wellness.


We’ll make sure you get the medical products you need.



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