What Is Medical Marijuana Card?

medical marijuana cardThousand years ago, marijuana was prohibited by the government for it is considered dangerous to one’s health. But at present, marijuana is used for medication purposes in many states in the US.

So, what is a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) and how it could help you?

The MMIC recognizes the cardholder as a person protected under the provisions of Prop 215 and SB 420. It is used to support law enforcement identify the card owner as being able to possess certain amounts of medical marijuana legally under specific conditions.

Prop 215 is also known as Compassionate Use Act of 1996. It was the first statewide medical marijuana measure voted into law in the US. It provides protections to seriously ill persons who have their doctor’s recommendation to use marijuana for medical purposes. Also, it provides protections to the physicians and primary caregivers who assist these critically ill persons, who are known as “qualified patients” under SB 420 (Chapter 875, Statutes of 2003). The SB 420 was enacted into the Health and Safety Code of California (Sections 11362.7 through 11362.83) to address problems with Prop 215. The SB 420 requires the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to create the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP). The state MMP is in authority for developing and maintaining an online registry and verification system for Medical Marijuana Identification Cards or “MMICs.” The online registry lets the law enforcement to verify that an MMIC is valid. If you want to apply for medical marijuana California card, just visit here.

If you are a qualified patient what you need to do is learn about how to get your own medical marijuana card. It is very simple. You must fill out the Application or the Renewal Form. You must also be a resident of the California County where the application is submitted. You also need to provide current documentation with your application as follows: a doctor’s recommendation copy, proof of identity (this can be a valid California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), driver’s license or valid identification (ID) card, or other valid government-issued photo ID card). Also, you must have a proof of residencies such as rent or mortgage agreement, utility bill or California DMV motor vehicle registration.

You should apply in person at your county’s program because you will be asked to pay the fee required by your county program. If you are a medical beneficiary, you will receive a 50 percent reduction in the application fee. You should have your photo taken at the county’s program office because it will be used in your MMIC.