How-To Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online in Elk Grove, California
Just South of the state capitol in Sacramento County is Elk Grove, a calm, largely suburban city of a little over 150,000 inhabitants. And though it was founded as a staging stop for travellers’ comings-and-goings to-and-from Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay area during the height of the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, Elk Grove has forged its own separate identity from both of those places in terms of culture and identity. This identity extends to medical marijuana in Elk Grove, as well as laws relating to it. What’s important for you, dear reader, is where Elk Grove stands on medical (and recreational) cannabis use and how the culture has developed. After reading this article you’ll have information on:
- The history of MMJ in Elk Grove and current laws
- Advice on how to get an MMJ card (in-person and online)
- Where and how to find cannabis or have ganja delivered
- Suggestions on places to go and things to see while medicated
History of Medical Marijuana in Elk Grove
Elk Grove has been through one of the most complicated legal ups-and-downs of almost any city in California in relation to medical and recreational marijuana. There have been times when it was more open to medical marijuana, and times when prohibition was king. These ups-and-downs were most evident starting in 2010, when, due to the “secondary effects” of medical marijuana dispensaries (i.e. illegal activity and drug sales increasing, upswings in DUI, etc.) Elk Grove’s City Council unanimously adopted (4-0 with one absent councilmember) Ordinance 19-2010, which effectively banned medical marijuana dispensaries within the city limits.
This prohibition changed very quickly when Elk Grove reneged on their medical marijuana ban, albeit with some caveats. Ordinance 3-2012, which was put into effect in March of 2012, allowed medical marijuana cultivation, but only by a qualified patient or primary caregiver. There were additional stipulations such as:
- The QUALIFIED person needed reside full-time on the premises where cultivation is happening.
- Indoor cultivation was banned, instead requiring a separate and connected/adjacent structure used just for cultivation.
- The structure needed to be secured, ventilated and enclosed and follow certain guidelines as dictated by the city council. (No more outdoor or greenhouse grows permitted).
This ordinance passed unanimously again (3-0), in addition to a another ordinance that squeaked through (3 yays-2 nays) that went into further details about growing in a residential area by discussing acceptable size and location within the residence as well as other particulars.
Just two years later, in 2014, the city flip-flopped again, prohibiting medical marijuana cultivation in the city! And, more recently, after the passage of Proposition 64, several cities in Sacramento country are attempting to regulate marijuana cultivation and growth. Elk Grove is one of these cities and, according to The Sacramento Bee, has “prohibited medical marijuana delivery and commercial (read: nonmedical) marijuana businesses.”
Getting a MMJ Card in Elk Grove
Due to the undulating status of legal medical marijuana in Elk Grove, businesses seem to be reticent to keep MMJ-related businesses alive in the city. The dispensary ban and ban on medical marijuana delivery services makes being an MMJ doctor in Elk Grove rather difficult. It should be no surprise, then, that there are no local MMJ physicians in Elk Grove to prescribe you an MMJ card. To find a doctor for an in-person consultation, Yelp, leafly, and Weedmaps offer directories of medical professionals in the surrounding area that are willing to see patients on a walk-in or appointment basis to recommend medical cannabis.
If you do not want to or are unable to travel to Sactown or another neighboring city, the only way to get a medical marijuana card is online. NuggMD offers a secure, quick and economical service to get you on your way. If you are renewing or are a new patient, for $39 dollars and from the comfort of your home, Nugg can get you your MMJ card with the added benefit of a network of doctors and staffers working with you in all stages of the process, from getting a card to getting medicated.
The entire process, from intake form to consultation, takes around 15 minutes and is entirely done online (even the tele-consultation with a medical professional) and you will be emailed a pdf of your weed rec. The paper rec will arrive within a few days, but you are immediately able to use your rec to purchase herb in all of California’s dispensaries or via a delivery service. Nugg even offers a wallet-sized MMJ card for a few bucks more so you won’t need to worry about losing the rec or carry it around. Applying for a MMJ card has never been easier!
Finding Buds in Elk Grove
Once you’ve got your card, you’ll need to find a certified cannabis dispensary for legal, high-quality cannabis. We suggest shopping around in both brick-and-mortar locations, as well as using delivery services to find a product that best suits your medical needs. As has been made clear in this article, brick-and-mortar dispensaries are prohibited in the Elk Grove, so if you prefer this route, you’ll need to drive outside of the Elk Grove city limits to a neighboring city like Sacramento.
Luckily, there are delivery services at the tip of your fingertips. Nugg partners with trustworthy delivery services to securely get you your medication to you in a timely manner and for a great price. We suggest Patient to Patient , running out of Sacramento, which offers a wonderful selection of flowers, edibles and accessories, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for at Patient to Patient, we understand, and there are alternate medical marijuana services linked at the end of the article. Enjoy!
What people Are Smoking in Elk Grove
Our partnered delivery service has specials on various strains like Sour Sunset Sherbet, Wedding Cake and Do Si Do, some indica-forward hybrids for $50 an eighth, as well as $45 eights of God’s Fire and $35 eights for Blue Dream (a straight Sativa). A few other trending strains in Elk Grove are as follows:
- Sour Diesel (Sativa)
- Headband (Hybrid)
- Green Crack (Sativa)
- Herijuana (Indica)
- God’s Gift (Indica)
- Moon Rocks (Hybrid)
- Holy Grail (Indica)
Things to Do in Elk Grove While Medicated
You don’t need to leave Elk Grove and head to Sacramento to have a good time while medicated. Elk Grove offers a plethora of activities for people from any ilk and with varying interests. We’ve culled through TripAdvisor and some other sites to give you the best of what Elk Grove has to offer during a medicated afternoon out:
Elk Grove Farmer’s Market
If you happen to be in Elk Grove during the weekend, make sure to stop by one of Sacramento County’s premier Farmer’s markets. Grab a couple friends and peruse the great, fresh produce selection and go on a picnic. Speaking of picnics…
Elk Grove Creek Trail
Picnic basket in hand, why not head to the Elk Grove Creek Trail? It’s a great place to take a walk for a few hours and there are lots of serene nooks and crannies to relax, far away from civilization.
Lange Twins Family Winery/Vineyard
If you’re also a wine-o, check out the Lange Twins Family Vineyard. This California winemaker makes hands down some of the best Pinot Noir in the United States.
Old Town Elk Grove
The historic epicenter of Elk Grove, Old Town and Main Street in general boasts historical buildings, shopping, restaurants, and a seemingly constant flood of festivals and fairs.
Rain Garden Plaza
According to the website, Rain Garden Plaza is the “first comprehensive large-scale rain garden in the Sacramento region and the state of California.” It’s a cool place to get educated about eco-friendly initiatives and even offers garden-side yoga lessons.
Elk Grove Historical Museum
If you want to learn about Elk Grove’s history and all things Gold Rush related, head to the Historical Museum. With rotating exhibitions and events, it’s a great place to spend a few hours. Most exhibitions are cheap or free, so it won’t break the bank either.