How do I acquire Medical Marijuana?
At Maximum Wellness, we help our medical marijuana (cannabis) patients to receive a written and verifiable recommendation from a California board licensed physician. Once you have our doctor’s recommendation you can legally grow, consume & possess your medicine under California State Law Prop 215. A physician can write a recommendation for any condition for which cannabis provides relief. However, most physicians recommend cannabis for symptoms associated with Cancer, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, chronic pain, and many serious diseases and ailments (See Ailments tab).
How do I become a medical marijuana patient in California?
California law states you must have a recommendation for the medicinal use of cannabis from a CA licensed physician. A physician may write a recommendation for any ailment for which marijuana provides relief. Our physicians write recommendations for symptoms associated with Cancer, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, AIDS, chronic pain, as well as many other ailments.
If I have never seen a primary care physician for any ailment in which I may benefit from medical marijuana, will I still be able to receive a medical marijuana recommendation?
Patients must have been previously diagnosed and have medical records supporting the condition within the past 12 months or so. Even if it is a chronic condition. RMedical Records can be from primary care or alternative care i.e. chiropractor, acupuncture, osteopath, physical therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist.
How do I get my physician to send me my records?
It is a law that every person has a right to their medical records, the caregiver can be in violation of the state medical board, we provide a record request form in our office to help you obtain your records.
If I receive a temporary recommendation will I have to pay twice?
No, at Maximum Wellness your initial fee covers one (1) year of service with the physician. You can come in for a follow up appointment up to one year at no additional cost.
What if I have an out-of-state I.D. or passport? Can I still receive a medical marijuana recommendation?
We do not accept leases as valid proof of residency, but we do accept mail from a utility company, bank statement and/or paycheck stub under the patients full name and address in California. Bring current valid i.d.
Once I am a qualified patient, can I purchase a Medical Marijuana Card?
Maximum Wellness offers the option of a medical marijuana patient identification card. The purpose of carrying a medical marijuana patient identification card is primarily for use with law enforcement. The card is formatted to fit in your wallet and is the quality of a plastic driver’s license. Law enforcement will be able to identify you as a medical marijuana patient if you have your ID card with you. We offer and recommend the purchase of Medical Marijuana Card recommended to keep a copy of your medical evaluation form with you at all times. The card is $15. Don’t leave home without it!
What happens if my recommendation needs to be verified after office hours?
Maximum Wellness is committed to meeting the needs of our patients. Maximum Wellness provides our patients with 24/7 online patient verification, every day of the year. A link to the 24/7 verification is also provided on our banner at the top of each page and on the Verification/Legal tab of our site.
Can I be evaluated at Maximum Wellness if I am 18 years old?
Patients who are 18 can only be evaluated for a written recommendation, if you are:– out of high school, and not living at home with parents or, if living at home with a parent or guardian, a signed letter of approval.
Once I’m a legal Prop215 medical marijuana patient, what rights do I have?
Please review the Medical tab for a complete description of California Proposition 215 laws for the medical use and cultivating regulations regarding medical marijuana. Please keep in mind that this is a California state law as the federal government does not recognize medical marijuana.
If I receive a written recommendation where will I get my medical marijuana or medicine?
Maximum Wellness cannot give out or discuss any information regarding purchasing medical marijuana.
Does local and state law enforcement recognize medical marijuana and its patients?
Yes! The California Highway Patrol has agreed to stop taking medical marijuana from motorists in routine traffic stops who have a doctor’s recommendation or a Medical Marijuana Card. Governor Jerry Brown affirmed that medical marijuana use is sanctioned by California law, despite the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. California Highway Police officers were told in a recent bulletin of the new policy, which now allows patients traveling on state highways to have as much as eight (8) ounces of marijuana if patients have in their possession a Medical Marijuana Identification Card and/or a written recommendation from a California licensed physician.
What happens if I just failed a drug test? If I get a recommendation now, will it help me?
Maybe. However, a written recommendation from our physicians is only valid from the date written. Therefore, a written recommendation might not relate or pertain to any past court dates or drug tests. A written recommendation cannot and will not be backdated.
My job drug tests employees. Can my employer fire me if he/she finds out that I use medical marijuana as a legal patient?
Maximum Wellness recommends that you discuss these issues with your employer or the Human Resources department of your employer. Ultimately, the status of your job after drug testing is up to your employer.
If I have a recommendation and I failed a drug test at work, what should I do?
Inform your employer that you are a legal patient under Proposition 215 Health and Safety Code 11362.5 and Senate Bill 420. It is ultimately up to your employer whether or not it would affect the patient’s employment status. For more information please visit the CA NORML chapter at www.canorml.org. This website contains detailed information about medical marijuana law, and the site provides a list of lawyers who specialize in medical marijuana law.
When I get a medical marijuana recommendation will my name be on government list?
NO, NEVER! At Maximum Wellness, we respect our patients’ privacy under HIPPA Regulations, and we are in full compliance with the HIPAA privacy agreement. Your records remain safe and confidential under lock and key ONLY at Maximum Wellness.
How many plants can I cultivate with my Medical Marijuana Recommendation?
The quantity of plants and medication you can possess varies from county to county. If your county does not have a higher limit, you may possess eight (8) ounces of cured marijuana, six (6) plants in mature flowering, or up to 6 plants in the immature vegetative state. No city or county may adopt limits lower than the amount aforementioned. We strongly recommend that you check SB420 for your local guidelines. The City of San Diego municipal code allows up to 1/2 lb of marijuana, 24 plants in 64 square feet indoors; no outdoors growing allowed except in enclosed greenhouses.
Is it true the federal government does not recognize medical marijuana recommendations in California?
The simple answer is YES. The federal government does not recognize California’s medical cannabis laws, although the Obama Administration has stated that the federal government will not pursue patients with a lawful recommendation provided by a California licensed physician. The State does support the use of medical marijuana as a holistic and alternative treatment, and California’s medical marijuana laws remain fully in force and unaffected by this conflict.
Will my medical insurance company cover the recommendation?
No. Unfortunately, at this time, medical insurance companies do not cover a medical evaluation or the cost of your medication.
How do I become a legal medical marijuana patient?
Easy and simple! You can call us to schedule an appointment and we accept walk-ins during our hours of operation.
What is the online verification program? Does Maximum Wellness offer this service?
Yes, at Maximum Wellness we do offer 24/7 online verification for our patients. You can be verified 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Maximum Wellness offers an online and telephonic verification program which is quick, easy and convenient for law enforcement and co-ops to verify our patients’ status. The online and telephonic verification program does not disclose personal information about our patients. Peace officers and CHP officers can verify you in less than one minuter. We highly recommended you purchase a Medical Marijuana ID Card ($15/ID Card) to keep with your driver’s license.