California State Process

Using Your California Medical Marijuana Recommendation

  1. Download the pdf of your Doctor’s recommendation letter from your Leafwell patient dashboard. 
  2. Save it to your cell phone.
  3. 3. You can start using this electronic copy immediately at a licensed medical dispensary*. You will receive a hard copy of your recommendation letter and, if you selected our $59 plan, a ‘Physician Issued’ Leafwell card in the mail within 14 business days.

    *Please note that a recreational dispensary may not accept the electronic recommendation and may require a hard copy letter.

  4. Once you receive your hard copy recommendation, you can then legally purchase medical marijuana from any licensed dispensary. To purchase medical marijuana you will need to bring a hard copy of your Leafwell Doctor’s recommendation letter or your ‘Physician Issued’ Leafwell card, and a valid form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, with you to the dispensary.

OPTIONAL: Register for the CA MMIC program at your local county office.

The state registration is completely optional. This allows you to obtain a “STATE ISSUED” card. 

Why register?

  • You will not have to pay sales and use tax when making retail medical marijuana purchases.
  • An Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) identifies you as protected under Proposition 215 and Senate Bill 94.
  • An MMIC helps law enforcement identify you as being legally allowed to possess certain amounts of cannabis under specific conditions.

Registration Fees

  • These vary county to county but the maximum you can be charged is $100.
  • A 50% fee reduction is issued per card if you are eligible for Medi-Cal.
  • Fees are waived for indigent patients who are eligible for, and participate in, the Country Medical Services Program.

Registration Process

  1. This process requires an in person application at your county office. 
  2. You will receive an official “State Issued” card, and any dispensary or law enforcement agency can verify your patient number online immediately. 
  3. It is your option to designate a primary caregiver and apply for their identification card at the time you submit your application.
  4. You will need to provide your certifying physician's information (provided on the PDF emailed to you after the appointment) as well as which board certified them:
    1. Dr. Reiser - Medical Board of California

    2. Dr. Keyser - Medical Board of California

    3. Dr. Steinhardt - Medical Board of California

    4. Dr. Niles - Medical Board of California

    5. Dr. Bornfriend - Medical Board of California