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California Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

California Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 02/17/2010 in Medical Marijuana Laws

How do I get medical marijuana in California? Is marijuana, pot or weed legal in California? Do I need a marijuana card? What’s the difference between a marijuana recommendation and a marijuana prescription? How do I find a medical marijuana doctor?

With different rules for each medical marijuana state, it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions. So we’ve compiled this California Medical Marijuana Law Fact Sheet to make it a little easier to obtain the medicine you need.

State Measure:

Proposition 215

Date Passed:

November 6, 1996

Defenses Provided:

California Prop 215 gives an affirmative defense to medical marijuana patients who are in legal possession of a medical marijuana recommendation from a state licensed doctor. Patients in possession of a voluntary medical marijuana card are exempt from arrest.

Medical Marijuana Uses:

Under California medical marijuana law, medical cannabis may be used for the following conditions: Anorexia; Arthritis; Cachexia; Cancer; Chronic pain; Glaucoma; HIV/AIDS, Migraine headaches; Persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to, spasms associated with multiple sclerosis; Seizures, including, but not limited to, seizures associated with epilepsy; Severe nausea; Any other chronic or persistent medical symptom that either: Substantially limits the ability of the person to conduct one or more major life activities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and if not alleviated, may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health.

Documentation Needed:

Medical marijuana patients in California must obtain a written or oral recommendation from a licensed physician who has determined that the patient’s health would benefit from medical marijuana.

Marijuana Card Program:

The medical marijuana card program in California is voluntary. To enroll, patients and caregivers must register with the California Medical Marijuana Program.

Cannabis Possession and Growing Limits:

Medical cannabis possession and growing limits in California vary by city and county. Senate Bill 420 set a minimum statewide guideline of 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana. However, each city and county in California sets its own limits on the legal amount of marijuana each patient is permitted to possess and grow.

Caregiver Provisions:

Medical Marijuana patients in California may designate a caregiver who consistently assumes responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that person to obtain cannabis on the patient’s behalf.

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