What do I need to bring to my visit for an evaluation?
Bring any and all medical records that document your medical conditions. Copies of doctor visits, prescriptions, x-ray or MRI results, worker’s compensation or disability paperwork are all acceptable. You have a right to copies of your records; all you have to do is ask for them at your doctor’s office. Also please bring a current (not expired) California photo ID. If you do not have a California photo ID, please bring some other photo ID (like a passport) and TWO forms of proof of residency (such as a lease, utility bill, pay stub, bank statement, etc). We are required to see that you are a resident of California.
What is a qualifying medical condition?
California law includes the following as qualifying conditions: “treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief”. Our doctors have vast clinical experience in evaluating the effects of medical cannabis for many different illnesses. We have found that the benefits include better sleep, less pain, less anxiety, less depression, improved appetite, decreased nausea, more mobility and less use of prescribed medicines. Our patients report that when they are able to have relief from the chronic symptoms of illness without the negative side effects from synthetic medications, they have an improved quality of life, with less stress, better interpersonal relationships, better job performance, and overall a better life.
Should I worry about any privacy issues if I get a medical marijuana approval?
There is no need to worry about anyone knowing about your visit or approval. Your visit and approval are protected by the privacy laws (HIPAA privacy guidelines), just like when you are seen by your regular doctor or if you are seen at a hospital. Your name does not go onto any public or government list. Our verification system is HIPAA compliant and encrypted so that your information is protected.