Renewal of Medical Marijuana Recommendations
Personalized California Medical Marijuana Recommendations
These appointments are for existing Naturally Healing MD patients with current or expired Medical Marijuana Recommendations. Qualifying patients receive a one year internet verifiable recommendation and free access to all Naturally Healing MD free classes.
How should I schedule?
Renewals of Medical Marijuana Recommendations can be scheduled on-line (LINK). If you do not see an appointment that meets your needs, please call the office at (510) 550-7500.
What is the cost?
Medical Marijuana Recommendations Renewals are $75. In order to schedule, you will need to provide a valid credit card. Your card will be charged at the completion of your appointment.
For those patients unable to pay by credit card, please contact the office at: (510) 550-7500 so we can make alternative arrangements.
How long will the appointment take?
The on-line intake form takes about 5 minutes. The appointment includes up to 15 minutes with the physician.
What do I need available at the time of the appointment?
If you obtained your previous Medical Marijuana Recommendation elsewhere, please have a copy of this document available during your appointment.
What will I get?
You will receive a medical marijuana recommendation if your symptoms are likely to respond to medical marijuana’s medicinal properties. Recommendations are internet verifiable and valid for one year and can be presented to any dispensary in California where you can obtain medicinal marijuana.
During your appointment, the physician will review your current medication usage and make suggestions for improvement if you are not getting the symptom relief you seek.
If you need to treat a new symptom or need an explicit treatment plan, you should sign up for a Personalized Treatment Plan Package instead.
What about a Medical Marijuana Card?
Your written doctor’s recommendation is your legal document and, along with your California ID, all that is necessary to purchase medical marijuana products from a medical dispensary. Many patients think that they need a “card” from the physician providing the medical marijuana recommendation. However, a physician-issued card is simply a convenient way to carry your medical marijuana recommendation around in a wallet. For those with a smart phone, you can take a picture of your recommendation, ensuring it is legible, and show it instead of the paper document to gain entry to medical-only dispensaries or receive a discount.
To access a dispensary in a state outside of California, you may need to display a medical marijuana patient card. The CaNORML website is the go-to resource for California’s legal framework for marijuana (www.CaNORML.org) and also has information on which states have reciprocal arrangements for medical cannabis cardholders. Since laws outside of California determine reciprocity and they are now changing more than in the past, it is best to check a state’s current laws if you are trying to use cannabis in that state.