Medical Marijuana Law  California


California


California Laws

MEDICAL LAWS:

In 1996 the majority of California voters approved a measure which would enact medical marijuana in the state. In order for an individual to obtain a prescription for medical cannabis in California, they must receive permission from a licensed doctor who is approved to prescribe cannabis. The individual must also have been diagnosed with any of the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Note: Licensed physicians may offer prescriptions for medical marijuana for a condition not listed on the above list, as required by circumstances. It is up to the discretion of the physician whether an individual would benefit from medical marijuana.

    Legalities:

    California is one of the rare states that did not originally have a limit as to how much marijuana a patient can have on their person at any one time. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 420, which took effect in 2004, put an end to that. Now in California medical marijuana patients and caregivers are permitted to cultivate up to 18 marijuana plants - only 6 of which can be flowering - and are allowed to possess up to 8 ounces (half-pound) of marijuana. An exception to the possession limit is if a physician specifically recommends that a patient needs to have over 8 ounces on them at any time. This would be especially true for a chronically disabled patient who does not have very good mobility and can only seldom travel to a dispensary. The diagnosed condition of a patient must also be pretty severe in order for a doctor to recommend more than 8 ounces. One of the biggest downsides to California's medical marijuana law is that it allows individual townships, cities and counties to adopt their own medical marijuana laws. Many smaller towns and counties have banned medical marijuana altogether. California is also a state that does not allow medical marijuana patients from outside states to obtain their medicine.

    For any questions, comments or concerns regarding the medical marijuana program in California, please contact one of the following:

  • California Department of Public Health
  • 1615 Capitol Avenue
  • Sacramento, CA 95814
  • (916)-558-1700
  • or

  • California NORML
  • 2261 Market Street #278A
  • San Francisco, CA 94144
  • (415)-563-5858
  • www.canorml.org
  • RECREATIONAL LAWS:

    California is not only easy-going with their medical marijuana laws, but their laws surrounding recreational use are also very lax. California is one of a handful of states (not counting Colorado and Washington) who has decriminalized the recreational use of cannabis. Possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana can result in nothing more than a civil infraction and a $100 fine. However, possession with intent to distribute any amount of cannabis is a felony offense, punishable by anywhere from 16 months to 3 years incarceration.

    Sale of any amount of cannabis is also a felony, resulting in 2 to 4 years in prison. Individuals who are over 18 years of age and are caught selling marijuana to those persons between the ages of 14 and 17 years of age can find themselves facing a felony offense with the possibility of 3 to 7 years imprisonment. Cultivation of any amount is also a felony that is punishable by 16 months to 3 years incarceration.


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    fandango | Apr 4, 2014

    Hemp oil for cancer kief for sleep and clear cystall early weed to space out current county laws in California (most countys)are cutting back allowances to grow your own all over the state bye a handfull of people...just wrong...this decision should

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    bman | Jul 1, 2013

    Good on you guest from feb,7th 2013 with the Ant phobia and the other med.problems that you and other ligit peeps have!!!! I don't care to go into all the probs. That I contend with on a day to day basis but i'm 55 yrs old and Installed very heavy buil

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    Guest | May 5, 2013

    Dear patient who's dying I was watching the Wealth Channel's TV program this morning and they have positive information on medical marijuana (hope I spelled that correctly) one lady giving a testimony said she used Full Extract Cannibis Oil. Not a user

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    Guest | Apr 20, 2013

    Edibles?? Can a card holder have edibles, can a card holder except donations?

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    Guest | Apr 10, 2013

    I am leaving Maryland to return to CA (my family was there from Statehood) so I can have access to MJ. When you're terminal, you will try everything, and the opiates no longer work. This page is not particularly helpful. Rather, provide some useful inf

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    Guest | Apr 10, 2013

    I'm from an old Californian family (175 yrs) and have always been proud that the state was always bent to serving the needs of its average citizens. In a little while I am leaving DC to return to SF so I can have ready access to MJ. This page could use

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    Guest | Mar 4, 2013

    ok um...a420chick? just because it's required to go through all of that to be a doctor doesn't mean ALL doctors act as they should as per their education, it also doesn't mean that ALL doctors perscribe cannabis properly as per their education..so in s

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    Guest | Feb 7, 2013

    Also I apologize for repeating myself in the above post - lol

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    Guest | Feb 7, 2013

    Yeah, this idea that you need to visibly be in pain to get a card is bullshit. 420chick is right and people are only considering her "emotional" (as one commenter said) because she's a woman speaking out against that kind of bs notion a lot of pati

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    Guest | Dec 14, 2012

    thank obama

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    Guest | Aug 31, 2012

    1st, thank you 420 girl! You totally rock!!! OK, I have a question. I only recently moved to California. I do have a prescription for medical marijuana. I asked the prescribing doctor if I would need a separate Rx stating that I can also GROW marijuana

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    Guest | Aug 18, 2012

    static0hmatic on Y messenger has a fused L4, chronic pain, and arthritis, but unfortunately lives in a fascist state that will only sell the worst, most addictive, cancer-causing substance known to man: tobacco--a state that even outlawed herbal incen

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    Guest | Jul 18, 2012

    420chick is a pot head

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    Guest | May 26, 2012

    420chick just schooled your ass lol

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    Guest | Apr 23, 2012

    I love 420 chick she was sooooo articulate educated I bet she's sexy

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    Guest | Apr 5, 2012

    for mr.doc i aree with 420 chick just bcause people arent thriving in pain 24-7 doesnt mean they dont have a legitimate need for their medicine.i am a diagnosed manic depressive and a weight disorder where i cant gain weight. i can move around and talk

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    Guest | Mar 23, 2012

    I got pulled over for speeding and the officer smelled the marijuana. After all was said and done, the officer let me go after a sobriety test, leaving my pipe and weed to me. I even forgot my card at home and so he just told me to keep it with me fr

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    Guest | Mar 23, 2012

    its unfortunate we even need to have the card to grow and smoke. Hey if it keeps me out of jail and large fines than Im all in. Politicians and corporations use loopholes in the laws all the time so why shouldn't I. Shit we all have trouble sleeping

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    Guest | Mar 16, 2012

    Their ARE places that hand out medical marijuana cards with no evidence of a medical problem! My best friend got his card yesterday from 420 solutions, they required no medical evidence and gave him a card in 15 minutes! He has no medical issues at a

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    Guest | Mar 1, 2012

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    Guest | Oct 13, 2011

    I fell down a hill and damaged 3 discs in my spine. They operated on my low back but couldn't operate on my mid back because the spine in that area controls heart beat and respiration. I now have syringomyelia, an incurable condition that causes much

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    rhinourkel | Aug 27, 2011

    But then again : I've been telling Ya'All that no Pot is gonna be legal in any of the US states untill the National Homeland Security Agreements with other Nations are changed.This is the LAW that keeps Pot from being legal. And all these bills and lob

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    rhinourkel | Aug 27, 2011

    Yeah ; and don't forget that they'll add something to it to get us addicted too "THEIR Product!"

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    Guest | Aug 14, 2011

    A person without a MED REC shouldnt have to feel like a criminal. Hopefully one day, it will be fully legal and availible to everyone (except the tobacco company...they'll screw it all up adding all thier chemicals, artificial flavors, and menthol cra

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    Guest | Aug 11, 2011

    I need a job please

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    Guest | Jul 3, 2011

    just medicate and all be ok ~!~!no need fo drama and all the crap~!~marijauna help alot of things~!~theres always some in a crowd~! some really need some really dont ~!I DO need ~!~

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    chronic sufferer | Jun 10, 2011

    So much emotion over this issue. I agree that people need all the facts. I am glad to live in California though no matter what the bad sides are. The fact that some people lie to get a card is true, they lie daily to get pills from other doctors so tha

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    Guest | May 25, 2011

    What about the "patients right to work" bill that got passed through senate and then vetoed by that infadel arnie.

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    a420chick | May 21, 2011

    This artical STILL does NOT relate the law properley!! GEEZ Wess!! Ive tried to help...

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    sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011

    Thank you to the website and everyone who has posted here. I have never really understood the medical marijuana laws and this article has truly and is truly helping me to understand it further. So thank you

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    a420chick | Apr 10, 2011

    Throwing insinuating ideas around like that is libel to make people think and believe the wrong things when it comes to facts about medical marijuana and the laws governing it. Those ideas can really hurt the forward progression of these laws and our r

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    Guest | Apr 7, 2011

    Calm your ass down. Go smoke a joint and relax.Give me a break you know there are people out there who lie to get a card and doctors out there that will give one for the right price. You kind of over reacted and need to calm down.

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    Guest | Apr 7, 2011

    Relax dude go smoke a joint. Your blowing the comment way out of porportion. We all know there are lots of people out there who do not have anything wrong with them but have gotten weed prescribed from some doctor for the right amount of money.

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    a420chick | Apr 2, 2011

    In response to MrDoc's March 31st post: I have a problem with some of the statements made in your post. For example you state: "I live in California and sometimes feel that [u]they[/u] hand out cards to any random joe with a problem he claims he ne

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    MrDoc | Mar 31, 2011

    I live in California and sometimes feel that they hand out cards to any random joe with a problem he claims he needs marijuana for. This at first kinda bugged me when I went to get my medical card after experiencing alot of problems with my health and

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    Happy420Time | Mar 18, 2011

    This is one of the easiest reviews to write, as a resident of sunny California I must say one of my favorite things about living in this state is it's tolerance to marijuana. It is one of our trademarks as a state and it really shows as you travel arou

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    drrubina | Mar 13, 2011

    This is great news for all California residents. I like this very much and I hope that they legalize weed use in Cali for everyone.

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    a420chick | Mar 12, 2011

    California's ID card program is 100% voluntary and truly makes no difference what so ever in the protections offered medical marijuana patients with valid reconmendations. It was set up to help law enforcment identify those protected under Prop 215 fro

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    a420chick | Mar 12, 2011

    I posted the law change just tonight Chief lol...Its an infraction now in Ca..up to an oz. I let the tech team for CannabisSearch.com know their content was wrong under Legal Guidlines for CA. They need to update that info...

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    HolyKush | Mar 11, 2011

    Great information here. I wish that the state would give you your medical card for free. Here where I live, we have to pay almost 200 dollars to have the ID card. I just keep a copy of my Dr. Recommendation on me at all times.

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    shadesguy | Mar 4, 2011

    I'm surprised there is no mention of Arnold signing the bill saying that you can possess up to an ounce on you and not have it treated as a felony.

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    GanjaKing420 | Jan 28, 2011

    The card program is great but understand that reconmendation and cards provided from doctors are not recognized by local law enforcement. I know this after having mine held for me while I was in jail on a warrent. The arresting officer checked it as pe

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