How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online

In the past few years, laws on medicinal marijuana have undergone drastic changes. In fact, since California’s legalization of medical marijuana in 1996, twenty-seven other states as well as the District of Columbia have followed suit giving physicians the right to recommend medical marijuana use to patients with certain medical conditions and those patients a state sanctioned legal right to use it. Additionally, eight states including California have legalized it for recreational use.


For those seeking its use for medicinal purposes, that’s great news. With its decriminalization, those in pain now can have a safe, easy to obtain, 420 evaluations online resource without the previous stigmas. When you get your marijuana card online, no one needs to know, and your privacy is protected. Online marijuana doctors are here to help.


You might wonder “if marijuana for medicinal use has become so accepted, why would I need a medical marijuana card?”


  • Legal: While marijuana for medical use is legal under some state laws, recreational use under most is not. Furthermore, even with the passing of California’s Proposition 64 that allows its recreational use, purchasing the substance legally for recreational use but without a medicinal marijuana card will not be available until January 2018. Having a card offers protection from the state laws in which it was issued. And while it is still not federally legal, amendments to federal laws have changed the way in which federal prosecutors make prosecution decisions. These amendments make suggestions that discourage prosecutors from pursuing minor federal offenses. (For more information see “Court Bars Feds from Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Cases.”)[1]
  • Natural Medicine: Marijuana is a natural herb that cultures around the world have been using for thousands of years as a remedy for medical ailments. Currently, it is being prescribed by mmj doctors online for neck and back pain, migraines and headaches, sleeping, depression, and anxiety disorders, glaucoma, nausea, HIV/AIDS, and cancer among many other illnesses.
  • Side Effects: While marijuana does have some side effects, the substance leaves a lower impact on the body than many pharmaceutical drugs which can damage the liver, lead to internal bleeding, or cause nausea which is an ironic turnaround considering medicinal marijuana is often prescribed for the relief of nausea.
  • Dispensaries: Many cities have opened dispensaries where you can legally purchase medicinal marijuana by simply having a card. These dispensaries, the exact number in California is unknown but there are 28 in San Francisco and nearly 1,000 in Los Angles, offer special strains that allow you to select cannabis based on the conditions you are trying to relieve. Some of the dispensaries offer clean, high-end environments in which patients can browse the products and smoke areas where they can medicate on site. Furthermore, they often have it in a variety of forms such as hard candies, cookies, and ice cream, making it possible to medicate without the side effects of smoking including lung damage and the lingering scent. Most important is that the dispensaries get their supplies from known sources, not the guy on the streets.
  • Growing: With a license, you can let your green thumb work for you saving you money. In California, card holders are allowed to have up to six mature plants or 12 immature plants for personal use.
  • Community support: Finally, when you get your medical marijuana license, you are showing support for further decriminalization of the plant.


Why You Should Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online


Just a few years ago, patients had to wait for a doctor to come to town where they would meet with lines of patients in hotel rooms and charge them as much as $400 to issue a license. By contacting an mmj doctor online, you don’t have to feel like a criminal just to get your medical marijuana. In fact, other benefits of seeing an online medical marijuana doctor include


  • Cost: Online marijuana doctors don’t incur the expenses that travelling doctors once had to deal with. As a result, the patient also sees some of those savings passed on to them.
  • Privacy: With 420 evaluations online, you can get your marijuana card online in the privacy of your own home by seeing an online medical marijuana doctor.
  • Time: In a matter of twenty minutes, you can fill out your application, submit your payment information, and talk to an mmj doctor online.


Why See One of Our Online Medical Marijuana Doctors


  • All our online marijuana doctors are county licensed physicians specializing in the treatment of medical marijuana use.
  • Our online medical marijuana doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • 100% Money back guarantee. No recommendation—no fee.
  • Our Offices follow all HIPAA Privacy laws and uses a 100% secure HIPAA certified system.
  • A digital copy of your online medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation is sent immediately to your email account after your 420 evaluation online.
  • Your official marijuana card with Photo ID is shipped within 1-3 days.
  • Our low price of $49 for a renewal and $69 for a first time visit makes getting your marijuana card online an easy financial choice.
  • A California ID is not required to get a marijuana card online. We work with alternative forms of ID.


420 Evaluations Online Make Getting Your Medical Marijuana Card Easy


Your appointment with an online medical marijuana doctor may feel odd at first, but it is much like a regular doctor’s visit. It’s confidential with a licensed doctor who is qualified to offer suggestions regarding your health. It’s also very easy and quick, taking no more than twenty minutes.


Here’s how to get a medical marijuana card online in 4 easy steps.

  1. Make an appointment: You select a day and time that works for your schedule. You can also elect to see an mmj doctor online
  2. Confirm your appointment and enter payment method: Prior to your appointment, you will be prompted to answer questions regarding your health and conditions that might benefit from medicinal marijuana use. You will also be prompted to enter a secured payment method. However, you will not be billed unless your recommendation is approved.
  3. Attend your appointment: During your appointment, your online medical marijuana doctor will discuss your medical conditions and review your records to verify that you would benefit from the use of medical marijuana. Your doctor will also advise you on its use.
  4. Get your digital recommendation and official card: After your appointment is over, you will immediately receive a copy of the doctor’s recommendation conveniently in your email, and your official medical marijuana card will be shipped within 1-3 days.


When you know how to get a medical marijuana card online, you have the freedom to get your medication in the privacy of your own home.


Rights Given to Medical Marijuana Card Holders


Upon receiving your recommendation, you will have many legal rights regarding the use of medical marijuana that were previously unavailable to you. For example,


  • Patients over 18 can purchase medicinal marijuana from a dispensary or from a delivery service. Patients under 18 can obtain medicinal marijuana through a registered parental caregiver.
  • Card holders can legally have as much as eight ounces on their persons.
  • Card holders can legally grow marijuana for their personal use. They are allowed to have six mature plants or 12 immature plants. However, with the appropriate license, some growers may possess as much as 99 plants.
  • Medical marijuana card holders don’t have to pay sales tax at dispensaries for their medication.
  • Cards must be renewed annually to maintain validity.


While it does pay to have a medical marijuana card, there are a number of situations in which having a card does not protect you legally.


  • Public Places: The laws do not give you the freedom to smoke marijuana in public places unless local ordinances allow it. This includes theatres and restaurants, within 1,000 feet of a school or day care, or in designated non-smoking areas.
  • Employment: Your employer still has the right to test for marijuana consumption and can release you from employment based on a positive test result. However, many employers are compassionate regarding its use for certain illnesses.
  • Housing: It is illegal to smoke or possess marijuana on federally owned or controlled property. For those living in federally subsidized housing and section 8, having a card holds no protection against eviction based on marijuana use.
  • Federal Conviction: As marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the federal government, and as federal laws can override state laws, the federal law can and may convict patients for medical marijuana possession. The good news is that with the growing acceptance of medicinal marijuana, the federal government has been instructed to refrain from prosecuting minor cases and those following state laws regarding medical marijuana use.


While the law does not protect you in these instances, you still have rights that are protected under California law and the US Supreme Court. Namely, that according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), your medical information and any conversations you have with one of our online medical marijuana doctors is confidential and protected.


Seeing MMJ Doctors Online Is Legal


Getting medical services over telecommunications systems is not a new invention. For over 40 years, telehealth laws have made it possible for patients to consult with doctors in the privacy of their own homes whether it is over the phone or online. Thanks to telehealth laws and current technology, not only is seeing online marijuana doctors legal, it is also the preferred method of getting a recommendation for patients in remote areas or patients whose medical conditions keep them confined to their homes.


In fact, telemedicine services allow patients to consult with their physician to get a live video diagnosis and treatment. They can also attend follow-up appointments, get medical education, and instructional advice.


With the use of current technology, you can fill out your paperwork and pay online using a secured payment method. You can also meet with a doctor in the privacy of your own home through video conferencing. Following your appointment, you are immediately issued in your email a temporary recommendation that can be used at some but not all dispensaries, and within a few days, your card will arrive in the mail. Telehealth has made how to get your medical marijuana card online an easy process.


You Deserve Relief from Pain


A patient in need of medical marijuana help should never be turned away from a doctor. However, many doctors aren’t aware of the medical benefits of medical marijuana and in some cases the laws regarding their recommending it, making them reluctant to approve of its use. For some, the concern is a lack of research on the substance as a medical treatment. This lack comes from many years of its criminalization making it illegal to research it for medical purposes. Essentially, there is a knowledge gap about accurate dosage, benefits, and side effects that causes some doctors hesitation.


However, that is quickly changing. Since its legalization for medicinal use over twenty years ago, doctors have received and reviewed many testimonies from patients who use medical marijuana for illnesses such as epilepsy, cancer, AIDS/HIV, crones disease, and multiple sclerosis. Because of these testimonies, foundations such as The Epilepsy Foundation have rallied for regulations to loosen, allowing physicians and researchers to perform proper studies to determine the drug’s long term effects.


A medical marijuana card from an online medical marijuana doctor, as from any doctor, is not a prescription but rather it is a recommendation suggesting that its holder would benefit medically from the use of marijuana. As a federally recognized Schedule 1 drug, it is illegal for physicians to issue a prescription for the substance. However, thanks to the First Amendment which protects all U.S. citizens giving them the freedom of speech, online medical marijuana doctors are free to issue recommendations as they see fit.

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Telemedicine: The Doctor of the Future

As telemedicine continues to grow, it is becoming easier and easier to see a doctor. Now, thanks to various websites, it’s possible to visit a doctor without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Patients communicate with a doctor via instant messaging and the phone, and can receive diagnosis and medication prescriptions. The service is quick, easy, available 24 hours a day, and is much cheaper than a regular doctor’s visit.

Companies such as General Electric and Delta Air Lines are also embracing telemedicine, encouraging employees to explore telemedicine as an alternative to a visit to the doctor. Because of large corporation adoption, it is projected that the telemedicine industry will triple to $27.3 by 2016.

Obstacles to Overcome
As telemedicine continues to grow in popularity, telemedicine companies such as NowClinic and Virtuwell are still finding that there are some major obstacles to overcome.

Many states have strict laws regarding interstate doctor visits, which is preventing telemedicine from spreading. In 2010, the Texas Medical Board passed a ruling that prevents doctors from treating new patients via telemedicine, unless the patient has been evaluated and referred by a physician that has seen the patient in person.

While telemedicine proponents say that these antiquated laws prevent the spread of the field, state boards insist the rulings are there to ensure accountability. If a telemedicine doctor were to prescribe the wrong medication to a patient, there would be no state board to answer to. Despite this, medical boards in places such as Tennessee, Nevada, and New Mexico are loosening restrictions on telemedicine.

Despite more and more people turning to online telemedicine, companies insist that their service is not intended to replace face-to-face doctor visits. In fact, representatives for VirtuWell say they have turned away more than 45,000 perspective patients because their problems required in-person consultations. Telemedicine websites tend to treat illnesses such as pink eye, sinus infections, and skin rashes.

Insurance Companies Embrace Telemedicine
Despite the growing pains of the industry, insurance companies such as UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, and Cigna are jumping on board with telemedicine.

Because telemedicine websites typically only charge about $40 per “visit,” insurance companies see it as a cheap alternative to doctors visits. Some insurance companies, such as UnitedHealthcare, are even offering their own versions of telemedicine. UnitedHealthcare runs NowClinic, a telemedicine website that treats thousands of patients.

As more and more people begin to see the benefits of telemedicine, analysts predict that the industry will continue to grow. While there are some real problems to conquer, proponents for the industry are optimistic for what the future holds.

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Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Guidelines for Telehealth Favor Video Rather Than Telephone

While the Federal Court Supports Teladoc in Ongoing Saga Against Texas Medical Board in a decision about the appropriateness of video contacts, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) has been examining the appropriateness of video vs. telephone contact. FSMB approved the “Model Policy on the Appropriate Use of Telemedicine Technologies in the Practice of Medicine” at the recent American Medical Association’s yearly meeting in Denver.  While accepting the adequacy of telehealth contact for establishing a professional relationship in first visits, the document  says:

Generally, telemedicine is not an audio-only, telephone conversation, e-mail/instant messaging conversation or fax. It typically involves the application of secure video conferencing or store-and-forward technology to provide or support healthcare delivery by replicating the interaction of a traditional encounter in person between a provider and a patient. (p. 4)

This decision comes on the heels of a decision in Idaho this past spring, where the Idaho Medical Board censored a physician for prescribing a common antibiotic by telephone. Nonetheless, Idaho clinicians using video-based care have not been deterred from telehealth. In fact, this week’s news brought the announcement that telepsychiatry is expanding significantly in Idaho to treat the state’s mentally ill. 1

Relevance of the FSMB decision for behavioral health?

Allied behavioral professionals often question the relevance of medical decisions to behavioral care. The reader is encouraged to think about the overall significance of the above debates from two perspectives:

  1. The international discussion about telehealth has shifted from whether telehealth itself is appropriate to question the telepractitioner’s choice of  technologies.  This shift is indicative of the broad-based acceptance now enjoyed by telehealth after decades of work to establish its legitimacy when using established treatment protocols. For mental health professionals, those protocols have not been as clearly delineated as in medicine, and have been shrouded by seriously questionable practices used by untrained practitioners.  Nonetheless, for many first generation pioneers who fought the battle to establish legitimacy of telehealth, this shift is not to be overlooked.2
  2. In behavioral and mental health care, the controversy about technologies is presenting itself with yet a wider range of options consider by some as being reasonable, including such controversial approaches to treating behavioral problems with Text Messaging for Counseling, Therapy & Crisis Intervention. Until we hear from our regulatory boards and professional associations, we can expect a continued range of technologies that push the therapeutic window through which licensed professionals are engaged to serve the Internet public.

What’s the take-away message for behavioral professionals of all types?

Stay tuned. We’re likely to see much more controversy take shape in the upcoming months as professional associations, regulatory boards, technology companies, practitioners and consumers struggle to find a reasonable balance between responsibility and the increased access now afforded by various technologies.

Some of you will also recall that I was invited to speak at the Idaho Counseling Association’s annual convention as their keynote speaker. Interest was quite strong. The conference sold out.

2 For a list of more than 1000 searchable telehealth references, see the TeleMental Health Institute’s Bibliography. The Institute’s training courses organize and distill more than 3,500 such references for telemental health trainees.


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New Projections for Telemedicine: 2012 – 2018

Next time you have a headache, you might be able to see a doctor without having to drive, sign in, and sit in a waiting room.

Wintergreen Research has recently published a new in-depth analysis of telemedicine and it’s prospects, position, and potential for growth in the market over the next few years. The study has been titled “Telemedicine. Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2012 to 2018.”Wintergreen Research’s study on telemedicine is massive, totaling 509 pages, with 206 tables throughout the document.

What Are The Predictions?
Essentially, Wintergreen Research is convinced that telemedicine is poised to grab a major share of worldwide markets over the next few years.

They also predict that telemedicine will shift away from proprietary devices. As these devices become obsolete, consumer tablet computers and smart phones will be given software that can help repurpose them for telemedicine. Much like cell phone service, telemedicine will simply be a fee for a monthly service, with no extra complicated technology or devices to bring into the home.

What Factors Are Being Considered?
Wintergreen Research emphasizes the fact that chronic disease care plays a huge role in our healthcare expenses. And treating these conditions can be frustrating because patients tend to follow paths that lead inevitably to their own demise. Either a patient takes care of his or herself, and stays healthy, or he or she doesn’t, and they repeatedly visit the hospital with worsening condition.

When Wintergreen Research states the benefits that telemedicine brings to the fight against chronic disease, they do not overstate their case. The benefits are massive. As they phrased it, when “left to their own judgments, some patients typically are apt to make terrible decisions relating to their personal health.” They continue to say that people make these decisions out of either “ignorance, genetic inheritance, or … lifestyle habit.”

But telemedicine can be used as a “way to extend clinical to make them part of lifestyle consultation.” Following this path is one of the only ways we can start to make progress in the face of our financial healthcare crisis, and Wintergeen Research’s report reflects an acute awareness of that fact.

Other Benefits of Telemedicine
Wintergreen Research also mentions another important factor, which is that physician care can be much more responsive to the changing needs of a patient based on their ongoing health changes.

Many of these changes will occur through the use of FDA-approved software that can be downloaded on typical mobile devices. Much of this software isn’t available yet, but as it becomes available, a free download will replace an expensive home installation. This simple difference will revolutionize telemedicine delivery.