Ihave been a licensed physician since 1976. I served as an anesthesiologist in the United States Navy, my last tour of duty was on the teaching staff at National Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In 2005, I retired from a busy private anesthesia and pain management practice. My traditional medical training and experience did not include alternative treatment modalities such as medical marijuana.
For the last 5 years I have provided medical marijuana evaluations to thousands of medical cannabis patients in Pasadena, California. I have learned that medical marijuana is not only an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions but also the safest medicine that I have ever recommended. Many of my patients are seniors who have never used marijuana/ Cannabis or not since their youth. Most of my patients have found relief from their symptoms, frequently using smoke-less marijuana.
I am committed to the California Medical Marijuana Program and to the legal protection it provides to qualified individuals. If you are interested in determining if you qualify as a medical marijuana patient under the California Medical Marijuana program please call my Pasadena office at 626-344-7596.
If you are interested in learning more about the California Medical Marijuana Program please read through our website and blog here.
Cannabis helps Patients to Find Relief From....
According to Prop 215 (also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996), seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use Marijuana aka Cannabis for medical purposes where the medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
Cannabis is remarkably safe. Although not harmless, it is surely less toxic than most of the conventional medicines it could replace if it were legally available. Despite its use by millions of people over thousands of years, cannabis has never cause an overdose death.
— Lester Grinspoon, MD
About A Medical Cannabis Evaluation
When you visit Roger A. Barnes MD & Associates in Pasadena you will ONLY be evaluated by a California licensed medical doctor. The California medical board says that ONLY A PHYSICIAN IS AUTHORIZED TO RECOMMEND medical use of marijuana. Patients should be aware that in order to be a valid California medical marijuana patient, the evaluation needs to be done by a California licensed Medical Doctor (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) only. So this means that, medical assistants, chiropractors, Physician Assistants (PA's), or anyone else who is not a California licensed MD or DO cannot legally evaluate patients for medical marijuana. The physician needs to complete a medical examination and record an assessment of the patients medical condition. Dr. Barnes has been providing patients with comprehensive medical marijuana evaluations for over 5 years. He is compassionate and enjoys working with patients to determine what works best for them and how to safely consume their medicine.
If you are at a medical marijuana office and you do not see a physician, you can bet that it's illegal. Please don't be fooled by dirt cheap, quick evaluation centers, that don't require medical records or for you to actually see the doctor. Be an informed patient, do your research, look up your doctor's medical license number on the California Medical Board website and or ask to see proof from your doctor. The fee for your evaluation covers you for one year of service. What that means is, if you have questions along the way and need to come back in to meet with your doctor, there will be no additional charges. We offer 24/7 phone and internet customer service to verify your doctors written recommendation. We have appointments available Monday thru Saturday, we are closed on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. We also have early morning appointments available ask us about our 7:00am or 7:30 am appointments.
Oftentimes people are put on opiates, and then their life is one string of opiates after another. Better - cannabis, this is a flower we're talking about it. It's a flower. It's not a dangerous substance like the opiates that I prescribe and others prescribe for patients living with cancer and pain.
—Donald Abrams, MD
Our offices are centrally located in beautiful Pasadena. We are close to the 210 freeway, off the Lake Avenue Pasadena exit. We are wheelchair accessible and there is ample parking available nearby. We know that you have lots of questions and our office is stocked with helpful pamphlets regarding the laws and benefits and effects regarding medical marijuana.
About an appointment
Upon your arrival at our Pasadena office, you will be greeted by a friendly face and welcomed in. We want to take the stress and fear out of obtaining a medical cannabis recommendation. Your well-being is our primary concern. You will be impressed with the courteous service and comfortable surroundings. We have ice cold water, beverages and healthy snacks available for you. You will be asked to sign in and given an intake form to complete. You will need to provide verified proof of identity and California residency. Accepted forms of verification include:
- Valid California ID (DMV issued California driver’s license or Identification card)
- Valid Passport or Out of State ID with proof of California residency (utility bill, lease, car or voter registration
- Valid Passport or Out of State ID with temporary DMV form
- Expired California ID with temporary DMV form
- Valid Government-issued ID
- Valid Resident Card for California
- Temporary DMV form with any photo ID
- Military Card with proof of residency
- We do not accept Birth Certificates.
We will also make a photo copy of any prescription medication bottles that you have, medical records, doctors notes, diagnosis letters or medical cds that you have regarding your medical condition. You will be informed of the laws regarding medical marijuana, the benefits and side effects and alternate methods to smoking marijuana.
- You should not use medical cannabis while operating a vehicle. It is a violation of law, and you can be cited for driving under the influence.
- When traveling with medical cannabis, its best to keep it securely locked in the trunk.
- Always have proper storage for your medical cannabis and keep it out of the reach of children. You should keep your medication in a locked container in a secure place and properly labeled. You should treat marijuana just like you would any other medications.
Once your paperwork has been checked for completion you will have a private consulation with a California Licensed Medical Doctor. He will check your blood pressure and vital signs. During your visit you can speak openly with the doctor about your medical condtion and how marijuana improves it. If you qualify, you will be given a letter of recommendation which will allow you to legally grow, carry and consume marijuana as your medicine in California.
You will be given one copy of the recommendation letter, and you should keep it in a safe place and carry a copy of it whenever you have medication on you. You also have the option to get a picture verification card, which is different from the verification card issued by the Department of Public Health.
Also, according to HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 11362.7-11362.83 Nothing in this article shall authorize a qualified patient or person to engage in the smoking of medical marijuana under any of the following circumstances:
- Additionally In any place where smoking is prohibited by law.
- Such as In or within 1,000 feet of the grounds of a school, recreation center, or youth center, unless the medical use occurs within a residence
- Or On a schoolbus.
- While in a motor vehicle that is being operated or
- While operating a boat.