Applications taken for medicinal pot ID
January 03, 2006
Dave Murphy, San Francisco ChronicleSan Mateo County's Health Department began accepting applications this week from patients who want medical marijuana identification cards, which can help them persuade law enforcement officials that they are using the drug for medicinal purposes.
Applicants must prove they are residents of the county -- through a vehicle registration form, a utility bill, or a rent or mortgage receipt -- as well as have a driver's license or other government-issued photo ID card. They also must provide a note from a physician prescribing the use of marijuana.
The fee is $45, but Medi-Cal beneficiaries will receive a 50 percent discount. People must apply in person weekdays at Public Health Vital Statistics, 225 37th Ave., San Mateo. The office closes for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. daily, and at 4 p.m. Thursdays.