What to Expect

Updated on January 31, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Medical Marijuana Recommendation

What to Expect from a Medical Marijuana Recommendation Appointment?

Many patients in need of a medical marijuana recommendation don’t know what to expect from a medical marijuana evaluation. But appointments with medical marijuana doctors are no different than seeing any other type of physician. Your visit is considered part of your confidential medical record and your doctor will only discuss your medical condition and your marijuana recommendation for verification purposes.During your medical marijuana evaluation, your doctor will perform an exam for your condition and request to see your current medical records and any diagnosis documentation you may have. Arrive early to fill out any paperwork.

A legitimate visit with your medical marijuana doctor will include the following:

  • A good-faith examination by the actual signing MD
  • Your doctor will collect appropriate diagnosis documentation from your present treating doctor.
  • If you are without current active care, your doctor will assume the entire case him or herself, or facilitate a visit to an appropriate doctor or free community clinic to obtain a valid diagnosis.
  • Your doctor will write you a medical marijuana recommendation and NOT a medical marijuana prescription. Since marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, marijuana prescriptions are illegal.
  • Your medical cannabis recommendation will be valid only for up to one year.
  • Your doctor will NOT be affiliated with a marijuana distributor and by law can NOT recommend a marijuana dispensary.

Medical Marijuana Appointment Checklist

To ensure a successful visit with your medical marijuana doctor, be sure to bring the following with you to your appointment:

1. Proof of Identification

Bring one of the following:

  • Current and valid State Driver’s License
  • Current and valid State ID card
  • Current military issued ID card


  • An out of state ID or other photo AND
  • Proof of in-state residency such as utility bill, lease, bank statement, etc.

2. Appropriate Medical Documentation

Bring along any necessary medical documentation to support your diagnosis. This includes:

  • Recent medical records
  • List of current prescriptions (if any)
  • Physician’s letter (optional)
  • X-rays, MRI’s or other test results (if applicable)

3. Payment Method

  • Check, credit card or money order for payment UNLESS you have paid in advance through our secure online payment system.

4. Other

  • If you are under age 18, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  • You must not currently be on legal probation
  • Proof of payment for your medical marijuana id card (select states only)

Medical Marijuana Fraud

 Medical marijuana doctors should uphold the same standards as your primary care physician or any other doctor you would trust to care for your health. Medical marijuana doctors are required to practice medicine in full and complete compliance with established legally mandated practice standards. However, the medical marijuana industry is unfortunately plagued with fraudulent doctors who write invalid medical marijuana recommendations or marijuana prescriptions. This means that seeing the wrong doctor could potentially put you in legal jeopardy. Learn more about Medical Marijuana Fraud.