Contact the Office of Vital Statistics at (707) 565-4442. For all other California county MMIC programs, contact the California Department of Public Health Medical Marijuana Program.
No, any California resident that is a qualified patient can apply for a MMIC; however, you must apply for your MMIC in the county where you reside. Proof of residency is required.
Yes. The attending physician must have a license in good standing issued by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, but there are no residency requirements for the physician.
No. Federal law prohibits doctors from writing prescriptions for illegal drugs. Marijuana is not considered legal by the federal government, and federal law still provides that use or possession of marijuana is a crime.
Yes. If you designate a primary caregiver on your application form (pdf), your primary caregiver must present photographic identification, and complete Section 4 on the form at the same time you submit your application (pdf). The application fee for the caregiver card will be based on the application fee of the patient/applicant.
Yes, if your primary caregiver is the owner or operator of a facility providing medical care and/or supportive services to a qualified patient. No more than three employees can be designated as "primary caregiver" by the owner or operator.
Yes. However, if an individual has been designated as the primary caregiver by two or more qualified patients, the primary caregiver and all the qualified patients must reside in the same city or county.
Yes. The primary caregiver must prove California residency and is further restricted to being the primary caregiver for only that patient.
Yes, but that will restrict you to being the primary caregiver for only that patient.
Yes. This is a statewide identification card program.
No. In particular, it does not protect you from federal law enforcement agencies.
The MMIC program for Sonoma County is located at the Office of Vital Statistics at the Public Health offices, 415 Humboldt Street, in Santa Rosa. The application form (pdf) is available online (pdf), or can be obtained at Vital Statistics, Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Completed applications are accepted by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call (707) 565-4442 to schedule an appointment. Your application fee will be collected and your photo taken when you submit your application.
The qualified patient needs to provide:
Your photo will be taken at the time of application.
The primary caregiver, if any, needs to provide:
Your caregiver's photo will be taken at the time of application.
If a qualified patient applies for a MMIC for a primary caregiver, both the primary caregiver and the qualified patient must be present at the time of submission of the primary caregiver's application.
The attending physician will be contacted to confirm that the medical documentation submitted by the patient is a true and correct copy of the attending physician's records. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that an authorized release of medical information is on file with their medical provider.
When the MMIC unique identification number is entered through the MMIC website, a "valid card" or "invalid card" response is generated. No other information is accessible.
Qualified patient and primary caregiver cards are valid for one year. If the primary caregiver applies for a card at a later date than the patient's MMIC, the primary caregiver MMIC will have the same expiration date as the patient's MMIC.
Renewing a MMIC requires the same process as applying for a new MMIC. This includes submitting the application form with supporting documentation and paying the appropriate application fee.
To replace a lost, stolen or damaged card, the applicant must reapply for a new MMIC and repay the current application fee. The Office of Vital Statistics will notify the California Office of County Health Services Medical Marijuana Program to invalidate the Unique User Identification Number (UUID) on the missing card. Vital Statistics has the option of referring to applications and supporting documentation on file or to require the applicant to submit a new application with supporting documentation. In either case, the application information and supporting documents must be verified.
You must provide written documentation completed by your physician that states that you have been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and that the medical use of marijuana is appropriate. Your doctor must maintain a copy of the statement in your medical file. The California Department of Health Services offers the use of the Written Documentation of Patient's Medical Records Form (pdf) (MMP Form No. 9044) as a convenience.
Yes, a minor can apply as a qualified patient or caregiver. If a minor is applying as a qualified patient, they must be lawfully emancipated or have declared self-sufficiency status. If the minor applicant is neither of these, the minor's parent, legal guardian, or person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the minor applicant must complete Section 2 of the medical marijuana ID card program application.
If a minor is applying as a primary caregiver, they must meet additional requirements including:
Current application fees are listed here. Proof of eligibility and participation in the Medi-Cal program, presented at the time of application, qualifies a Medi-Cal beneficiary to receive a 50% reduction in fees. If the applicant qualifies for this fee reduction and is designating a primary caregiver, the fee for the primary caregiver's application will also be reduced by 50%. Application fees are non-refundable.
Application packets are available at the Office of Vital Statistics (address listed below).
Completed applications are accepted by appointment only on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Office of Vital Statistics
415 Humboldt Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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Phone: (707) 565-4407
Fax: (707) 565-4413