According to California’s cannabis law, there are 11 named medical conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment in the state. The law, however, leaves an open-ended provision for recommending medical cannabis for any condition deemed life-threatening or severely limiting the activities of daily living.
The California Department of Cannabis Control lists the following qualifying medical conditions for issuing medical cannabis cards:
In addition to these listed condition, California also regards any chronic or persistent condition or treatment as qualifying for medical cannabis use, if it:
No. California’s cannabis law does not make provisions for expanding the established list of qualifying conditions for medical cannabis use. There is no need for such provisions because the law already allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for conditions usually proposed for addition. These are conditions that may cause chronic, debilitating outcomes impacting sufferers’ ability to perform activities of daily living or having a severe toll on their physical and mental health.
In California, physicians can only recommend medical cannabis for conditions identified in the state’s list of qualifying conditions. However, the state allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for conditions besides the 11 specifically mentioned if they believe such conditions will cause their patients serious harm, impact their physical or mental health, or limit their ability to conduct major life activities.
Yes. A medical recommendation is a prerequisite for obtaining a medical marijuana card in California. This recommendation must establish that the patient was diagnosed with a qualifying condition and that the physician deems the use of medical marijuana as appropriate for managing this condition. In California, doctors capable of providing medical recommendations for medical marijuana use are those certified by the Medical Board of California, the California Board of Podiatric Medicine, or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.
Besides living with a qualifying condition and obtaining a medical recommendation for medical cannabis, California requires those applying for its medical marijuana card to also be: