The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 was passed to ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes. The law states that qualified patients who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanctions. Designated primary caregivers are also protected. The law also states that no physician in California shall be punished or denied any right or privilege for having recommended marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.
Who Can Apply
In 2003 California passed additional state laws to allow law enforcement agencies to identify persons who are protected under the Compassionate Use Act. The laws provide for giving qualified patients and their primary caregivers a form of identification to protect them against wrongful arrest and prosecution. A Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) is available to qualified patients and their primary caregivers.
This is a voluntary program - applying for a MMIC is optional but can prevent inconvenience.
Program Overview and Requirements
Application Appointment Checklist
Medical Marijuana Program Application/Renewal Form:
CDPH 9042 English / CDPH 9042 Español
Written Documentation of Patient’s Medical Records Form:
CDPH 9044 English / CDPH 9044 Español
HIPAA Privacy Notice
Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices
Issuance Declaration and Receipt Verification
Denial Appeals Form:
CDPH 9043 English / CDPH 9043 Español