medical marijuana doctor, santa rosa, CA., medical cannabis card, california

Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 591-4088
Obtaining Medical Marijuana (Medical Cannabis)
Certification in Santa Rosa, CA
If you are ready for an appointment now, fill out the form below. If there is any unclarity, call me at (707) 591-4088. When filling in the form please provide your phone number, your full name and date of birth. If your questions are not answered by this article, email your question to Dr. Kennedy at

Before you make your appointment, you should FIRST read The requirements for your Medical Marijuana Evaluation to understand what you need for medical marijuana certification in California.

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It is important that your medical marijuana certification be done according to California law so that it is valid. If the doctor's name is not given on a medical marijuana website bragging about having the "best" (but unnamed) doctors, you may want to consider that a medical marijuana "clinic" (C.H.A.D.) here in Santa Rosa simply disappeared overnight in the Summer of 2010

Requirements for Medical Marijuana Certification in California

First I have to tell you that this must be done correctly. While certification is widely available under California law, there are doctors and "clinics" who take shortcuts. This puts your certification in possible jeopardy. Here in Santa Rosa one of the clinics (C.H.A.D.) simple disappeared overnight.

Here are the requirements for medical marijuana certification in California. Please read carefully. It is a bit tedious, but it is also important that you understand all of this:

  • 1. A condition which is benefitted by medical marijuana. California law allows a very wide scope of conditions, essentially whatever you and your doctor find to be benefitted.
  • 2. To satisfy the California Medical Board, documentation from a licensed treating health professional stating your diagnosis. This would be a copy of a page out of your medical record which states your diagnosis, or a simple note from your doctor, chiropractor, nurse, or other health care provider or a lab or radiology report stating your diagnosis. Do not fax this and do not ask a doctor to fax it. You must bring it in yourself. A previous certification or prescription of a medication meant to treat your condition will work. A proper history and physical exam will ensue.
  • 3. You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of California. You must (1) present a picture ID proving your age of at least 18 and (2) submit proof of residency in California. A California driver's license or California ID card will suffice for both requirements. If you do not have one of these, a picture ID proving your age (for example a driver's license from another state, or a passport) and proof of California residency (for example a lease agreement or a PG&E bill) together will suffice.
The certificate you will receive from me entitles you to shop at medical marijuana dispensaries throughout California. Your certificate will be valid for one year (the maximum allowed by state law), unless there is a really outstanding reason to make it for a shorter period of time. Once you have the certificate I issue to you, the state of California can issue you a card, however it has no real meaning as it does not entitle you to any additional benefits. It is a voluntary program which costs money, puts you on a government list and does nothing else.

Knowing all this, if you are ready for an appointment, please fill in the form at the top of the page, or write to me at I will respond with all necessary information including day, time, address (in Santa Rosa), etc. When you write, give me your phone number for my records and whether you need me as the diagnosing physician. If you have limitations on when you can come to the office, please let me know what they are and I will try to accommodate your schedule.

Here is the address and phone number of the clinic:
The Anti-aging Medicine Clinic
2448 Guerneville Rd., Ste. 800
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-591-4088

Further information to prepare yourself for your appointment

Your evaluation for medical marijuana will be in the context of the fact that you have a documented diagnosis from another state licensed health professional or that I am the diagnosing physician. Unless we make another agreement, I will serve as the evaluating and certifying, but not the diagnosing, physician. Therefore, I will not be making a diagnosis but rather I will be certifying the diagnosis of your health care professional. Therefore, I must have documentation of your diagnosis from that person. This could be a simple note from your doctor, or a copy of a page out your medical record stating your diagnosis, or even a medical test which proves your diagnosis. A previous certification or prescription of a medication meant to treat your condition will work. You must bring in the document yourself, literally in your own hands. Do not rely on anyone to fax, mail, or email your documents. This may mean that you will visit your health professional's office and ask for the documents. For your information, licensed health professionals are required by California law to hand over your medical records upon your request. You may need to remind your doctor of that fact.

If you do not have this documentation, I can become the diagnosing physician. This may involve additional lab tests, although in most cases the history and physical exam will suffice. If you bring documentation of your diagnosis, the cost is $125. If not, and I am to render a diagnosis, there is an additional charge of $70 for that service. That additional charge does not apply to the yearly renewals.

Barring complications, you will be at the clinic about 30 minutes. You will fill out a medical history form and I will do a physical exam as required by law.

Thank you, and I look forward to our appointment.

Ron Kennedy, M.D. Santa Rosa, California

When a licensed physician recommends medical marijuana, patients then obtain their medicinal marijuana by growing their own, buying from coops, or from "care givers" who grow for a number of people. The limitations of these activities are in no way uniform and are regulated by states, cities, and counties into what amounts to a patch-work quilt of regulations across the U.S.

There is no doubt that marijuana, medical or recreational, changes the sensorium when taken in sufficient quantity. There is surely, as with all drugs, a potential for abuse, although unlike many pharmaceuticals, the incidence of permanent damage or death is witheringly small. Due to its intoxicant qualities, like alcohol, it should not be used in situations like driving a car, riding a motorcycle or horse, flying an airplane, operating machinery or any activity in which a clear sensorium is required to maintain reasonably safe conditions. For medical use, the bare minimum amount should be used to produce the desired result (usually the relief of pain, stimulation of appetite, or control of nausea).

While Cannabis does not cure anything (and neither do pharmaceutical medications by the way), here are some of the medical conditions the symptoms of which are often benefitted by medical marijuana:
  • Gliomas
  • Alzheimer's
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Dystonia
  • Hepatitis C
  • Diabetes
  • Pruritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Sleep Apnea
  • GI Disorders
  • Incontinence
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Many different pain syndromes, including those from trauma and cancer
  • Anorexia and Weight Loss
  • AIDS

Anyone using or considering medical marijuana must understand that, unjust as it may be, it is still against federal law and that there are within the law prescribed serious penalties for such use. It is not in the purvue of state, county or city agencies, law enforcement or otherwise, to take any action other than those to uphold the laws of the state in which they are located.

Here are a few of the many great resources available that will further your understanding of Marijuana as Medicine and the Medical Marijuana certification process in California:

Articles in The Doctors' Medical Library about medical marijuana:

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.
Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.
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