The ability to use marijuana legally can be a godsend for many critically ill medical patients in Kern County. However, in order to prove your status as a qualified medical marijuana patient, you must receive a recommendation from a licensed physician who can certify that you have a medical condition that will benefit from medical marijuana. The recommendation should be in writing and maintained in its original form on the person of the patient at anytime that they are in possession of any marijuana. In California, the law provides for a voluntary, County issued, identification card that assists law enforcement in determining if an individual is in fact a qualified patient. The cops are not going to call a doctor to verify if a doctor’s recommendation is valid. For this reason, a County ID card provides the verification to the police out in the field and is the best protection for a patient who is attempting to establish his or her qualified status
In California, only the seriously ill may use medical marijuana. However, the definition extends to any chronic or persistent medical symptom that either: (A) substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the American with Disabilities Act of 1990; or (B) if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health. See, California Health and Safety Code § 11362.7(h). Be safe, get a medical doctor to assist you and carry proof of the recommendation on your person at all times.