Is Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Right for you?

Did you know there are many alternatives to using pharmaceutical drugs to treat or manage your illness or medical condition?

California law Proposition 215, or The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, states that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use Cannabis for medical purposes. Cannabis can be used in the treatment of glaucoma, spasticity, AIDS, chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy, major depression, insomnia, arthritis, and many other conditions for which cannabis provides relief.

Many patients report that marijuana is a safe and effective form of treatment.

When prescription drugs no longer work or the side effects are potentially dangerous,  visit Holistic Evaluation at our Altadena office or Pasadena office to explore if using medical marijuana for your treatment plan is right for you. Our friendly staff and California licensed, medical marijuana doctor are here to help!

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**Frequently Asked Questions about using Marijuana as Medicine**

How do I get a letter of recommendation to use medical cannabis?
In order to become a medical marijuana patient, you must be a resident of California and have a California Driver’s License or California State Identification card, and have a qualifying medical condition for which medical marijuana can provide relief (i.e. cancer, HIV, insomnia, chronic pain, glaucoma, PTSD, anxiety, stress, arthritis, PMS, migraines, etc.).

Is your office wheelchair accessible?
The Altadena office is NOT wheelchair or handicap accessible. However, we CAN accommodate patients who use a wheelchair, walker, or cane at our Pasadena office. Therefore, if you need wheelchair or handicap accommodations, please contact our Pasadena office at (626) 344-7596 or visit our Pasadena website at

What do I need to bring to my medical marijuana evaluation?
You will need to bring your California Driver’s License or California State ID card and proof of your medical condition. Examples of proof of your medical condition include medical records, prescription bottles, prescription history, X-rays, MRI’s, or any other documentation that verifies you have been to a doctor and diagnosed with a medical condition that can benefit from using medical marijuana. We can also help you request your medical records from any doctor you have seen within the past three (3) years.

What if I do not have a California Driver’s License or California State Identification card?
If you do not have a California Driver’s License or California State ID card, we will accept one of the following forms of identification:

  1. An out-of-state driver’s license
  2. A current U.S. passport (foreign passports will not be accepted)

Along with one of the following that has your name and proof of California residency on it:

  1. Utility bill
  2. Apartment lease agreement
  3. Mortgage bill

However, we cannot guarantee that a collective, dispensary, or delivery service will accept your out-of-state driver’s license or U.S. passport.

Also, if you have been a resident of California for more than 10 days and are still carrying your out-of-state driver’s license, if you are ever stopped by law enforcement and are transporting medical cannabis, you can receive a ticket for the out-of-state driver’s license.

To add, our office cannot guarantee that law enforcement will accept your recommendation letter along with your out-of-state driver’s license. Therefore, you are at risk of being arrested for possessing medical cannabis illegally under federal law.

It is highly recommended to get a California Driver’s License or at least a California Identification Card before getting a letter of recommendation to use medical cannabis. Legal fees are extremely expensive when compared to a mere $25-$35 for California ID.

Patients without the proper identification will be turned away. This is our company policy.

Will using cannabis cure my medical condition, disease, or illness?
Our doctors cannot guarantee patients that using medical cannabis will cure their medical condition, disease, or illness. During the evaluation, the doctor educates patients on the pros and cons of using medical cannabis. However, it is unethical and illegal for the doctor or our staff members to “guarantee” or “promise” that the cannabis medicine will help or cure a patient’s medical condition, disease, or illness.

While many patients have expressed that medical cannabis has helped to relieve some of their aliments, we never had a patient that has come back to our office to tell the doctor or the staff that medical cannabis has “cured” their medical condition, disease, or illness.

Can the doctor tell me which cannabis strain to use, how much, and how often to use it like prescription medication?
Under federal law, it is illegal for our cannabis doctors to instruct patients on which cannabis strains to use, how much, and how often to use it. During the evaluation, the doctor will explain the different ways medical cannabis can be used and will guide patients on how they can make an educated decision to tailor the medicine that’s right for them.

Still, once again, our cannabis doctors cannot and will not tell patients how much or when to use the cannabis medicine as with prescribed medications from conventional doctors. It is against federal law.

Do you issue grower’s certificates?
Some doctors are charging clients extra for so called “marijuana cultivation license” supposedly entitling them to grow more than the normal number of plants. There is no such thing as a “cultivation license” under California law.

Any patient with a California physician’s recommendation may legally cultivate or possess as much marijuana as they need for their own personal medical use, and no more. No physician has the power to authorize patients to cultivate mass quantities with a “marijuana cultivation license.” If a patient decides to cultivate medical marijuana and find that they use more than what’s legally mandated for their personal use, please contact our office for more information. A patient may also visit CANORML.

Does the information I share with the doctor remain confidential?
Absolutely! We will not release any of your medical records without obtaining prior written consent from you. There is no government database that patients are reported to and we are HIPAA compliant.

I get drug tested at my job. Can I use medical marijuana?
Not necessarily. The Supreme Court of California ruled that employers can discriminate against patients who use marijuana for medical purposes. Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed the legislature bill that was passed in 2008 to change this policy. It is recommended to make an anonymous call to your human resources department to inquire about their medical marijuana policies. You can also purchase an at home drug test from a local drug store.

Where is it legal to smoke?
You can not smoke marijuana in “no smoking zones” within 1000 feet of a school or youth center (unless you are in a private residence), on school buses, in a motor vehicle being operated, or while operating a boat. Also, the recent Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensary ordinance forbids patients from using medical marijuana anywhere on premises of dispensaries. In public, patients are advised to be discreet or consume edibles & tinctures. It’s best to use your medicine in the privacy of your own home.

Can I take medical marijuana on a plane?
NO! Aviation is federal. Remember, medical cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Consequently, taking medical marijuana into national parks, federal buildings, on-board airplanes, or transporting it across state lines is illegal under federal law where you can be subjected to fines, penalties, or even prosecuted on a federal level.

Will medical insurance companies cover the cost of my evaluation and my medicine?
Unfortunately, no. Insurance companies will not cover any costs related to your visit or obtaining medication.

What forms of payment are accepted at your clinic?
For your convenience we accept cash, checks, debit and all major credit cards.

Where can I obtain further information on medical marijuana?
The following websites are a good source of additional information on topics related to medical marijuana.

State of California Medical Marijuana Program


Senate Bill 420

Compassionate Use Act / Proposition 215

Americans for Safe Access

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws