Medical Marijuana Evaluations Specialist

New Leaf Wellness Center

Wellness Center located in Culver City, CA

If you have a condition, such as cancer or chronic pain, that might benefit from medical marijuana use, contact Morton Barke, MD, of New Leaf Wellness. Serving members of Culver City, California, and the surrounding Los Angeles area, Dr. Barke does evaluations that qualify you for a license to use medical marijuana for your personal health use. Dr. Barke abides by the regulations in Proposition 215. To find out more and schedule your evaluation, call the office or book online. Online evaluations are also available. To video chat with a doctor now please click link below in Medical Marijuana Evaluations:

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How does Proposition 215 regulate the use of medical marijuana?

The California Compassionate Use Act, or Proposition 215, took effect in November of 1996.

The law made it legal for patients and their designated primary caregivers to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use if recommended or approved by a California-licensed physician. Dr. Barke is credentialed to provide this authorization.


What conditions qualify for medical marijuana use?

A wide variety of chronic and persistent medical symptoms that limit your life activities qualify you for a medical marijuana license. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • HIV infection
  • AIDS
  • Anorexia or cachexia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Crohn's disease, IBS, and other gastrointestinal disorders
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Insomnia
  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Migraines
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neurological disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Seizures

Talk to Dr. Barke about your disabling health issues during your medical marijuana evaluation to determine if you’re a candidate.


What is involved in a medical marijuana evaluation?

The evaluation costs $45 for returning patients and $50 for new patients. You’ll need a valid California ID or driver’s license and your medical records if you can bring them, although they’re not required.

According to the medical board of California, Dr. Barke must perform a thorough medical history and physical with each patient. If you don’t qualify, the fee is waived. You must be 18 or older to undergo a medical marijuana evaluation.


What is the letter of recommendation that you may receive after a medical marijuana evaluation?

If Dr. Barke determines you’d benefit from medical marijuana, he writes a letter of recommendation stating that you have a serious medical condition and use of the drug is appropriate. You present this letter to dispensaries to purchase marijuana or post it next to your plants if you grow it.

You can purchase a photo ID card stating your eligibility to use marijuana, too. These are optional but helpful and convenient.


Does the recommendation approve all types of marijuana products?

Some people prefer not to smoke marijuana. If you’d prefer edibles, pills, tincture sprays, creams, or oils, the approval qualifies you to purchase and use these products as well.

To schedule your medical marijuana evaluation with Dr. Barke, call the office or book an appointment online.