Recommending Cannabis in California

Medical professionals recommending medical cannabis must posses a license to practice medicine or osteopathy in California issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California.  This license must be in good standing and meet the following requirements. 

  • Take responsibility for an aspect of the medical care, treatment, diagnosis, counseling, or referral of the applicant (patient).
  • Perform a medical examination of the applicant (patient).
  • As a result of the medical examination, document in the patient’s medical record that the patient has a serious medical condition and that the medical use of marijuana is appropriate.
  • Have the patient sign an authorized medical release of information.  The county program cannot process the patient’s application without the appropriate authorization for release of medical information.
  • Provide to the patient copies of the medical records stating that he or she has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and that the medical use of marijuana is appropriate.

Qualifying conditions include: AIDS, anorexia, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and any other serious chronic or persistent medical symptoms. 

Recommendation form from DPH

Suggested guidelines from CMA