Often times our office is asked whether or not a person needs an MMP card and/or the physician's recommendation. Even peace officers are misguided under the law. The simple answer is you do NOT need both. Health & Safety Code section 11362.71 clearly states that :
It shall not be necessary for a person to obtain an
identification card in order to claim the protections of Section
What this means is that you can maintain your claim to protection ounder the CUA with only a physicians recommendation.