Become a Monterey County Prop 215 Patient

Unfortunately Cannabis is still a Schedule I narcotic according to the Federal Government. This means that it is not considered to offer any medicinal value and they look at it the same as meth (crazy right?). In fact, cocaine is actually scheduled one class lower as a Schedule II, technically making it safer then Cannabis (according to the Government).

This is the reason no doctor in the country, even in legal medical states, can ‘prescribe’ Cannabis. Doctors can only offer written ‘recommendations’ which are basically formal letters signed by the doctor stating that you, as one of their patients, would benefit from the use of medicinal Cannabis.

There are so many offices out there that offer these recommendations, it’s hard to know which are legit and which are just trying to take your money. We’ve provided a short list for you to use when seeking a medical Cannabis recommendation.

Monterey Area:

Santa Cruz Area:

San Jose Area:

Getting Your State ID Card

Some people believe that if they get the voluntary California State ID card that they’re put on a ‘list’ that jeopardizes their safety. The fact is that this is not true at all. Your name is just as safe with the County Health Department as it is with a random Cannabis recommendation office. HIPAA laws apply, meaning that your information cannot be given to anyone, law enforcement for example, without a warrant issued by the courthouse. We do not claim to be attorneys and do not claim to be offering you legal advice, we are simply offering information that is available to everyone.

Bottom-line getting the voluntary State ID card is usually a good idea, simply because ALL police officers recognize this as being valid. They will give you a hard time (not always) if you provide them with a recommendation from a random office. This does not mean you are not legal, we’re just offering suggestions based on our own personal experiences. Having a State ID card with your photo, name and a State seal makes you appear more authentic in the eyes of law enforcement.

To get your State ID card you still need to get a medical recommendation from one of the above links. Once you do this you can fill out the application with the Monterey County Health Department. Download the application here.

Once you have this filled out you can contact the Health Department to schedule an appointment, where you will bring your State ID, proof of residence in the county and your medical recommendation paperwork. They will charge you $116 (as of 5/12/15) and take your picture. The card will arrive in the mail within 2-4 weeks, and you will need to renew it every year if you wish to stay up-to-date. The Monterey County Health Department contact information is below:

Monterey County Health Department – EMS Division
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 755-5013 or (831) 755-4959
Fax: (831) 755-4972
Business Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm; 1pm – 4pm
By Appointment Only