Preparation for Medical Marijuana Certification in California

Preparation for Medical Marijuana Certification in California

Dr. Kennedy in Santa Rosa (When you are ready for an appointment, fill in the form to the right or email me at or if you do not have email access, call me at 707-591-4088. If you email me, give me your phone number, your full name and date of birth).

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.) simply 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 benefited. Recently, here in Santa Rosa, an organization called “CHAD” disappeared overnight.

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. Also, a prior MMJ certificate or a prescription for a medication which to treat your specific condition will work. Do not fax any of this and do not ask a doctor to fax it. Bring it in yourself. A proper history and physical exam will ensue. OR…

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3. …OR Engage me as the diagnosing physician. However, if I am to take the responsibility for your diagnosis this may take more time, could conceivably involve a lab test although usually the history and physical exam will suffice.

4. 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, credit card or bank statement, 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 write 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

For further information to prepare yourself for your appointment, click here.

Click here for more general information about medical marijuana.

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