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Are you sick of throwing pharmaceuticals at your chronic symptoms? Or maybe you’re a stoner finally looking to go “legit” in 2017. Either way, getting your California medical marijuana recommendation is a great idea. Becoming a patient is easy, allows you to shop dispensaries and delivery, and provide you a court defense should you ever get caught by law enforcement.

Head to your doctor

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Your primary care physician isn’t likely to give you an official medical marijuana recommendation. However, you should still chat with him or her to make sure you’re healthy enough to try marijuana without issues. Even if they are stubborn – at least you asked, right?

It may help to have current medical records or prescriptions on hand when you go to get your official recommendation. If you’re ever required to “prove” that you have a chronic condition, your primary doctor can easily get these documents together for you.

Head online

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To find a specialized medical marijuana doctor who will sign off on your recommendation, you’ll want to do some research. There are many brick-and-mortar doctor’s offices across California that specialize in these forms and nothing else. Make sure to check in advance if you’ll need to make an appointment, or if you’ll need medical records on hand.

For the sake of convenience, California law now allows “telehealth” medical practice. Doctors and patients can video chat instead of making an in-person appointment.

These four sites are the top telehealth providers of medical marijuana recommendations. Some of them even offer delviery! From scheduling an appointment, to receiving a custom treatment plan, to getting top-shelf medicine delivered to your door, the entire process takes only a few hours of your day.

1. Eaze MD

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Eaze MD is brought to you by Eaze, one of the hottest startups in the cannabis industry, famous for 15-minute delivery.

2. HelloMD

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HelloMD doctors provide next-level health advice – definitely not your average, rushed doctor’s visit.

3. NuggMD

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NuggMD is new on the scene but allows you to get your recommendation discreetly and inexpensively.

4. Meadow MD

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Meadow MD also provides recommendation and delivery, serving San Diego, LA and the Bay Area with multiple dispensary options.

Be responsible

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Being a patient comes with some responsibilities. After getting your official recommendation, keep it in a safe place. Always remember to bring it with you to the dispensary, even if you’re already a member there. NEVER try to force dispensary staff to let you in without your documents – that’s your job.

Always follow the rules when it comes to medical marijuana. Don’t ever carry over the legal weight limit for patients, don’t make purchases to non-patients, and never smoke in the driver’s seat of your car.

In addition to the sealed copy you’ll receive, you may want to ask for an extra one, and maybe even an ID card. Having your recommendation handy in your home, car, or travel bag decreases your chance of getting in trouble with cannabis.

Remember: Recreational cannabis stores probably won’t exist in California until 2018. Get your medical marijuana card and stay legal to keep yourself properly medicated all year long.

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Roni Stetter

Roni is a longtime activist, wellness lifestyle blogger, and entrepreneur in the cannabis space, local to San Diego, California. She loves trying as many new cannabis products and apps as she possibly can, and sharing that information with the world.
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