Fortunately, it is becoming easier than ever to gain access to medical marijuana. Once upon a time, getting your medical marijuana card (MMJ or 420 evaluation) was a lengthy process. It was even hard to find a doctor willing to prescribe weed. Then, you had to journey to the location and become part of a long queue.
Today, you can do everything online. Services like Heally allow you to chat with a licensed medical professional online and he/she can conduct the 420 evaluation and determine if you’re eligible. Once you receive approval, you receive a virtual card that can be used until the physical one is posted to you. You can even purchase cannabis online in states where it is legal. It is a hell of a service, and The City 420 Doctor is up against stiff competition. Let’s see how it compares.
Who is The City 420 Doctor?
It is a clinic in San Francisco that specializes in evaluating patients to see if they are eligible for medical marijuana. Aside from that little tidbit of information, the site says little more about the company or its medical professionals. All we know is that its physical office is located at 1932 Mission Street in San Francisco with a Zip Code of CA 94103-3405. The site provides users with directions.
What is The City 420 Doctor Process Like?
The City 420 Doctor is undoubtedly at a major disadvantage because it doesn’t offer online evaluations. Given the fact that most of its rivals allow you to speak with a physician online, this firm is way behind the times. It is also in a state where weed is now legal for recreational use so it is hard to see how it can survive without a major overhaul.
I set my appointment by calling (800) 510-6490 and had to make the trek down to Mission Street. According to the company, your chances of receiving an MMJ card depend on whether you meet any of the qualifying conditions which include:
- Chronic Pain
When it’s time for your appointment, make sure you bring the following:
- A valid California ID card or a state driver’s license. The City 420 Doctor accepts these forms of ID only and has done so since January 1, 2016. If you have lost your ID or it has expired, bring your passport and a receipt from the DMV to prove that you have applied for a replacement or renewal ID.
- If you have recently moved to California, bring your out-of-state ID along with a DMV receipt to prove that you’ve applied for a California ID or driver’s license.
- New patients must bring medical documentation to the appointment. This could be a physician’s letter, MRI or X-Ray results, medications or prescriptions. In other words, you have to show documentation to prove you have previously seen a doctor and have been diagnosed with a condition that makes you eligible for your MMJ card.
- You must also bring your previous recommendation with you when bringing a renewal from another doctor. Copies are not accepted, and the recommendation must not be more than 30 days old.
- All patients must be at least 18 years old.
While The City 420 Doctor claims to accept walk-ins, many have claimed that they are unhappy with what they perceive as dishonest practices. The company regularly advertises a special price of $30 for evaluations, but when you arrive, they tell you the price is $70. I didn’t have this problem, but dozens of others did.
I was satisfied by the quality of the evaluation and had little problem receiving the card. Other patients had a less straightforward trip. On a couple of occasions, people have arrived to see an ‘Open’ sign, only for the door to be locked with no staff visible inside. It transpired that the staff member on duty had decided to leave and get lunch without alerting anyone; even those who had appointments scheduled during that time.
Proposition 215 enables you to grow up to six mature or 12 immature plants with a maximum yield of eight ounces per person. Again, this seems to be a moot point given the fact that weed is now legal for recreational use in the state of California.
Is The City 420 Doctor Safe to Use?
One could make the argument that The City 420 Doctor is safer than its online rivals. After all, you have to enter the building physically, and you make payments at reception before your evaluation. The company uses reputable doctors, and your MMJ card will be accepted by dispensaries in the city.
The City 420 Doctor is adamant that it keeps all patient medical records confidential. No one will find out that you use medical marijuana as it doesn’t appear on background checks nor does the company provide any third party with your data. I was also pleased to find that the firm refuses to verify the phone; this protects information. Indeed, giving this information via the phone violates HIPAA privacy regulations and is compromises doctor/patient confidentiality.
Final Thoughts on The City 420 Doctor
While The City 420 Doctor does seem to have potential it is long way behind the times. In a state where marijuana can be used recreationally, Californian facilities offering 420 evaluations will take a massive hit. It is even more puzzling that The City 420 Doctor only offers in-person appointments when all of its rivals allow you to do so online. Moreover, the likes of Heally and Eaze deliver weed to your door after giving you a virtual MMJ card. The City 420 Doctor is an analog business in a digital world.
We weren’t overly impressed with the lack of transparency in regards to the price, but then again $70 is an ok price, depending on what you are getting. If you are looking for a phsycical location to get your card then this place might be an option, otherwise you’d be best to move on.