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Medical Marijuana Card

Okay, okay. I have checked your handy guides to medical marijuana. I am thinking about getting it. What should I do?

First, you need a doctor recommendation. Often it is referred as a ‘marijuana card’. The law requires it for all patients who wants to purchase medical marijuana in California. Once you’ve got this recommendation, you can buy high-quality products from dispensaries and collectives across the state. Or from Sweedsy.
You can get a recommendation after a medical evaluation. The doctor will discuss your condition and determine if you need medical marijuana to relieve it. You will also be provided with all relevant information: what strains are the best for your particular condition and how to ingest marijuana to get desirable results.

Who is eligible for a prescription?

Prop 215 guarantees a coverage of patients who ‘would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.’

You do not have to have a debilitating illness to get a recommendation for marijuana. The Californian law gives doctors the freedom to evaluate patients individually and make a decision about marijuana prescription on a case-by-case basis.

Cannabis interacts with the endocannabinoid system and can be used in a treatment of a wide range of diseases. Patients with depression, cancer, insomnia, migraines and other various conditions may benefit from using marijuana.

Whether you believe that medical marijuana can help you, you should consult a doctor who will help you decide if this option is suitable for you.

Doctor’s FAQ

At Sweedsy we believe that patients should have more information about cannabis and greater access to quality medical marijuana. Evaluation should be convenient, simple, professional and enjoyable and completed by licensed, professional doctors who have experience with prescribing cannabis.

Where can I get evaluated?

A progress is flying forward. Today, you have two options for evaluation:

  • To get evaluated at a doctor’s office or your residence;
  • Get a recommendation online.

What happens during evaluation?

Your physician will perform a good faith exam. During this exam, you will discuss reasons for obtaining a recommendation for marijuana and how cannabis can improve your quality of life regarding your medical history. It usually takes 10-30 minutes. After that your physician will decide if you are eligible for prescription and cannabis will benefit your health and well-being. They will also provide education and guidance about products and doses that will benefit to your current condition or lifestyle.

What do I need for my evaluation?

You will need just a valid photo ID (CA Driver’s License; CA ID card) and proof of California residence (a signed lease, cable bill with CA address, or mortgage agreement).

How do I get an appointment?

Just go to our Doctor’s Locator and find a doctor that you like. Click ‘Make an appointment’ at his profile card. We will contact you to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you. A doctor will receive all the relevant information about time and date you plan to visit or expect them to come at your place.

How much marijuana is legal?

SB420 establishes an amount of cannabis a patient can possess. According to these statewide baseline guidelines, you can possess six mature or 12 immature plants and one-half pound (8 ounces) of processed cannabis.

To find out possession limits in other states, please visit Americans For Safe Access. 

One marijuana plant – Medical Marijuana Card

Six mature plants mean that you can own plants that have begun flowering.

immature plant

12 immature plants mean that you can possess plants that are in vegetative state and only prepare for flowering.


1/2 lb. of processes cannabis means that you can own any of cannabis products (dried flowers, edibles, topicals, concentrates) as long as they do not exceed the total weight of 8 oz.

Some cities and counties can allow possession of higher limits. Doctors can also state a bigger need for a quality medication for a patient, and it will enable them to exceed established limits. There are NO ‘cultivation’ licenses, so beware of doctors who offer them.

According to the state Supreme Court, you can not be prosecuted just for exceeding these guidelines. But if you get caught with amount exceeding standards, you will be arrested and must defend the fact that this possession is consistent with your personal medical needs. 

So, if I get marijuana card, will I be i
on a scary list?

Short answer: no.

Long answer:

Many people just fear to ask for a medical evaluation for marijuana prescription because they believe that they will be on the ‘list’ of marijuana patients. This list simply doesn’t exist. Nobody will raid you for a legal possession of medical marijuana or check you when you will apply for a job. Your status will remain confidential, thanks for HIPAA.

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and federal laws protect all information under it. Also, doctors retain these records securely. If someone would want to check your private records, they will need to go to the court.

A recommendation you obtain allows you to receive medical marijuana through dispensaries around the state. You will provide your recommendation and an ID along with completion of a registration form. This information is private and protected by the law. You will not be exposed to any raids on dispensaries that DEA can convey.