Helping Hands Program

Helping Hands is BPG's needs‐based care program for our Berkeley members, proudly offered since we opened in 1999. Helping Hands patients are eligible to receive two eighths (7 grams) of cannabis flowers per week. Recipients may choose a combination of indica, sativa, or high‐CBD flowers.

In addition to providing a doctor's recommendation for medical cannabis, you must obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) from the state of California to be eligible for the program. As of August 2018, wait times for MMIC appointments with the Alameda County Health Department are very short. You can review the program and eligibility requirements at ACPHD's website here, and you can view scheduling information at this link on ACPHD's website.

If you live outside of Alameda County and have questions about eligibility and requirements, or need help finding your county's office, visit

Applications for our Helping Hands program are now open.

The deadline to submit your application is December 20.

Applications are considered in a blind selection process and all determinations are final. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Each applicant must submit all of the following paperwork to be considered:

  • Completed application
  • Proof of Berkeley residency
  • Financial documentation
  • California State Medical Marijuana Identification Card

Please refer to the application for detailed instructions.

All information provided will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with federal standards for collecting, processing, and storing personal and medical information. All information will be destroyed at the end of the application cycle.


Application PeriodApplications ReviewedMembers Notified
May 20 - June 20 June 20 - July 20 July 20
November 20 - December 20 December 20 - January 20 January 20