While the legality of marijuana for medical treatment is still being considered on a national basis, California is one of the states that have created and instituted laws protecting individuals who require marijuana to manage medical conditions. As a result, additional laws and insurance options have been implemented in California in an effort to protect those who provide marijuana for patients.

We’re here to answer some of the common questions about medical marijuana in California.

Who Can Purchase Medical Marijuana from Dispensaries in California?

While doctors still can’t write prescriptions for marijuana, they can make a recommendation for patients to use it. So how do California medical marijuana dispensaries determine who is a candidate and who isn’t?

  • In 2003, the state issued ID cards for patients who were allowed to receive medical marijuana
  • Recommendation letters can also be used to show proof that a physician is recommending it

What Can Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Sell?

  • Edible products such as cookies and brownies
  • Marijuana accessories
  • Indica and sativa varieties of marijuana
  • Lotions, pills and other products infused with marijuana

How Do Dispensaries In California Sell Marijuana Legally?

There are a number of stipulations involved in dispensing medical marijuana in compliance with California marijuana laws. Here are just a few of them:

  • Be a non-profit organization
  • Collect sales tax
  • Only dispense marijuana to those who are truly qualified
  • Never sell other drugs that require a prescription unless you are licensed to do so under state law
  • Only obtain your supply from those who are qualified to grow and distribute
  • Follow the state attorney general’s guidelines
  • Keep accurate records
  • Use an automated dispensing machine to make sure you comply with the law

How To Protect Yourself

If you’re a physician recommending medical marijuana in California, you’ll want to protect yourself. Insurance for medical marijuana physicians is an option to help make sure you are protected from lawsuits.

You’ll also want to make sure that you do the following:

  • Make sure you know the law, including what you’re allowed to recommend and how much
  • Only recommend marijuana to those individuals who have a real, documented medical need