Frequently Asked Questions

 
 
 

General Questions

Will I be placed on a government list if I get a cannabis recommendation?

No way. Your information is confidential to you and your doctor. Your medical information is maintained in a secure system that is HIPAA compliant (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). We respect your privacy and your medical information is never shared; not with your insurance company, employer or any other entity. Rest assured, your privacy is guarded and secure.

How long is my marijuana recommendation valid for and can I renew it?

Starting in 2018, a medical marijuana recommendation can only be valid for a year before it requires renewal. Any recommendation that is issued after January 1, 2018, and which exceeds a one-year period is considered invalid.

Will I be on any type of public database?

Absolutely not. Our platform utilizes HIPAA (health insurance portability and accountability act) compliant servers to privately store your information. It cannot be found on any public record or database. Your anonymous patient ID number can be verified through our site by dispensaries, but only at your discretion.

Can I own or buy a gun if I use marijuana?

The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms sent letters to gun dealers in 2011 warning them they could not sell to known marijuana users. When buying a gun, question 11E on the ATF form asks, "Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?" Answering yes makes you ineligible to purchase; falsely answering no is in principle punishable as perjury. This should not affect current gun owners.

Will I be placed on a government list if I get a cannabis recommendation?

No way. Your information is confidential to you and your doctor. Your medical information is maintained in a secure system that is HIPAA compliant (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). We respect your privacy and your medical information is never shared; not with your insurance company, employer or any other entity. Rest assured, your privacy is guarded and secure.

Can I come in and pick up my recommendation certification?

WeedRecs is 100% online. We do not have a brick-and-mortar clinic for you to drop by and pay us a visit. We do serve the entire state of California, and our listings can be seen on Weedmaps.com.

Our Assessment

How long will it take to complete my assessment?

Every assessment is a little bit different based on how the patient answers the questions, but the average time is 15-20 minutes.

When are your doctors available to review assessments and issue recommendations?

Our doctors are reviewing assessments and conducting follow-ups Monday - Saturday, from 9AM to 6PM. If you submit an Assessment after 6PM, it will be reviewed and processed the next business morning.

How do I qualify for medical marijuana?

You must be California resident 18 years of age or older, and have one of the qualifying health conditions approved for cannabis treatment in state of California. Proposition 215 was crafted with the intent of California residents to have easy access to medical marijuana recommendations.

Am I guaranteed to receive a medical cannabis recommendation?

No. One of our licensed medical doctors will assess your health condition and make a decision based on their best professional judgement. If you feel that there was an error, or more information is required for them to effectively makes this determination, you will be given an opportunity to appeal their decision, based on the doctor's clinical experience. If your application is denied, and you feel that you should provide more information, or you simply disagree, you will be granted an opportunity to appeal the doctor's decision.

If I am not eligible for a medical cannabis recommendation, will I be issued a refund?

No. Just like any other healthcare appointment you might make, payment is made regardless of the outcome of the assessment. If your application is denied, and you feel that you should provide more information, or you simply disagree, you will be granted and opportunity to appeal the doctor's decision.

How does the Online Health Questionnaire (OHQ)and recommendation process work?

Our doctors teamed up with technologists to build an assessment engine that combines process efficiencies with thoroughness in order to give you the most cost effective and complete care. Weedrec's patent pending Online Health Questionnaire (OHQ) is a thorough and dynamic assessment which changes based on the patient response, all the while becoming more customized and personalized to provide a unique and comprehensive clinical overview. One of our licensed doctors will then review you case which may, or may not require further consultation (conducted by telephone or video conference). In most cases, you will receive your medical marijuana recommendation the same day if submitted before 6PM.

What will I need for my medical marijuana assessment?

  • You will need any state-issued ID to prove you are an adult. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, a state ID card, a passport, or military ID. The image that is included in your application must clearly show your face, and your name and date-of-birth must be easy to read. Blurry ID's will be denied and in turn, your application will be rejected.
  • A valid credit card or ATM card. Prepaid cards are not accepted.
  • Any additional documents or records you would like to share with the doctor.

Payments & Shipment

What are your formats and pricing structures for recommendations?

An electronic recommendation is $29 total. To add a stamped and embossed paper recommendation mailed to your home is $39 total. Adding a laminated recommendation card to the paper recommendation order so that you have all three forms (digital, paper, and card) is $49. Renewals are discounted $10 ($19, $29, $39, respectively).

How long will it take me to receive my paper recommendation or card?

Southern CA: 3-7 business days Northern CA: 4-8 business days Outside of CA: 5-8 business days

Can my recommendation be mailed to another state?

It sure can. Your recommendation may be mailed to any address in the United States. However, the recommendation is only valid for use in the state of California, and dispensaries are not able to ship products across state lines.

What service do you use to ship the paper and card recommendations?

We use USPS first class mail, which is sent in a discreet envelope from Reliant Medical Technologies, Inc.

Do you provide a tracking number?

Unfortunately USPS makes it cost prohibitive to track smaller envelopes. However, you will receive a notification email when your recommendation has been mailed.

What will show up on my credit card billing statement?

The charge will have no reference to cannabis and will display as "Reliant Medical Technologies, Inc."

I made a mistake on my shipping address. Now what?

Weedrecs has implemented efficiency solutions that reduce our costs, and the savings are passed down to our patients. We understand that mistakes happen, but these types of corrections require a workflow outside of these efficiencies we have created, and will require you to correct your info and pay a correction fee here.

How do I decide which typ of reommendation to get?

Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro that needs a renewal, Weedrecs provides the option to get "just what you need to get your weed." Our motto is based on our flexibility to provide your perfect-fit solution. Some patients simply want a digital copy and don't want to spend extra money on a paper certificate, whereas others may want both digital and paper copies. Which type of certificate you choose depends on your needs, the requirements of the dispensary and/or delivery service that you will be using, and how much you want to spend. The bottom line is that we do not want you to pay extra money for something that you don't need. Some dispensaries or delivery services insist that an original certificate with a raised seal and an ink signature is required for access to their shop. If so, or if you want to have the flexibility to go to any dispensary or use any delivery service in the State of California, we recommend that you spend the extra money for the paper copy. We will send you the actual certificate with a raised seal and original signature, which you should receive in 5-7 days by US mail (faster service available). The majority of delivery services will accept a digital copy, but it is up to you to determine beforehand what version to buy. WeedRecs provides a money-back guarantee that the paper certificate with seal and signature will be accepted at all dispensaries and delivery services throughout the State of California.

I screwed up and applied for a renewal or upgrade, but was never a Weedrecs patient to begin with. Can I have a refund?

In order to keep the quality of our medical assessments high and our prices low, we need to keep a baseline of efficiencies in place. To help avoid patient confusion, we post images of our recommendations and include verbiage encouraging patients to ensure that they are submitting a request to the correct entity. For this reason, as stated on our renewal and upgrade pages, we do not issue refunds.

Oh no! I lost my physical recommendation. How do I get a replacement?

You can replace to a paper certificate, or a Plexi-Rec card by going here.

Getting Your Medical Cannabis

How and where can I use my marijuana recommendation?

Each recommendation, regardless of its form, will come with a verification number which can be checked 24/7 by any dispensary in California.

Do I have to walk into a dispensary?

No, your recommendation is also valid for all California delivery services.

How does a dispensary verify my marijuana recommendation?

Our certificates can be verified 24/7/365 by anyone. The validation process is automatic and does not require waiting for a doctor to call back. To make it more convenient, the WeedRecs certificate offers 3 options for immediate verification:

Cannabis in California

Even though California passed Proposition 64 in November of 2016, not all dispensaries are able to sell marijuana without seeing a doctor's recommendation. In fact, most dispensaries not only need to adhere to the local city laws around zoning and compliance, but will also enforce their own best practices. For example, some that are licensed to sell for recreational use will extend discounts for medical use, at their own discretion.

Yes, you are protected from legal marijuana offenses related to transportation, possession, and dispensing according to Prop 215, SB 420, and Health and Safety Codes related to possession of cannabis flower, concentrates, and transportation by a caregiver within the state of California.

Is there anything illegal about getting evaluated for medical cannabis?

No, it is perfectly legal since all of our doctors are California licensed and in adherence with California telemedicine laws.

Can I get medical cannabis without a CA Drivers License or ID?

To get your medical marijuana card, we need to be able to prove that you're over 18 years old, so an official state ID or driver's license (doesn't have to be California), passport or military ID is sufficient.

Dispensaries and delivery services, however, can give cannabis only to a California resident. So if you don't have California ID, they may as that you provide proof of residency, which is as simple as showing a lease agreement or utility bill.

What is a MMJ "recommendation" and how is that different than a "prescription"?

Although great strides have been made in terms of the broadening acceptance of plant medicines, marijuana remains on the Federal government's list of schedule one drugs. Drugs on this schedule cannot technically be "prescribed". However, in accordance with California's Prop 215, a doctor's "recommendation" may authorize a patient with qualifying conditions to purchase, consume, possess, and cultivate cannabis for their own consumption in the state of California.

What is a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) and how do I get one?

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) administers the Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) program. The Medication Marijuana Program (MMP) was created with the intent of bringing a voluntary medical marijuana identification card issuance and registry program for all qualified patients and caregivers. In accordance with Proposition 64, patients in possession of a MMIC will be granted extended privacy protection, custodial and parental rights protections, and exemption from the retail sales tax on medical cannabis products (upon presentation of the MMIC issued by the CDPH at the time of purchase). To lean more about obtaining a MMIC, please visit the CDPH site here. To be clear, the "official marijuana card" cannot be sold by a doctor, and must be issued by the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) and must be verifiable. If your plastic card doesn't resemble the image above, it has not been issued by the CDPH. Therefore, it is not a state-issued card and does not provide you certain benefits, like tax-exemption with your purchases. For more information on this program, click here.

 

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