In California, a doctor must complete a form on behalf of a patient or the patient’s legal guardian to apply for a medical cannabis license.
That paperwork must be submitted to the state by March 5, 2020.
However, a patient may renew the application for up to six months before their license is renewed.
In the meantime, patients can buy cannabis at dispensaries, obtain medical cannabis from their doctor, or order from other dispensaries.
Patients can also purchase cannabis from state-licensed distributors and mail it to their home address.
The State Board of Pharmacy also issued a memo on Wednesday to medical cannabis patients to notify their providers of any changes in their patients’ conditions.
“A patient who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, epilepsy, or a debilitating illness may have a medical condition requiring that their caregiver obtain a license,” the memo said.
“For patients who do not have a physician or other medical provider, they should contact their state agency for information on their rights as a patient.”