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California Medical Marijuana Law

Status

Operational

Law Signed:

1996

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS

  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Persistent Muscle Spasms
  • Severe Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been "deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician"

PATIENT POSSESSION LIMITS

No possession limits specified

HOME CULTIVATION

Yes, but no cultivation limits are specified.

STATE-LICENSED DISPENSARIES ALLOWED

Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, October 9, 2015 signed into law a legislative package of bills that seeks to provide regulations for California's medical cannabis industry. The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act creates a new state agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs to develop rules and licensing procedures for authorized medical cannabis dispensaries. Dispensaries must be compliant with local guidelines prior to receiving a state license. State-licensed dispensaries will be permitted to operate on a 'for profit' basis. However, the new regulations will not override municipal moratoriums, nor will they prohibit the collection of local sales taxes on marijuana purchases in communities that presently impose them.

The new law takes effect on January 1, 2016. However, regulations under the new law are not expected until early 2017 and licensing is not anticipated to begin until early 2018.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATUTES

  • Cal. Health & Saf. Code, §11362.7 (2003)
  • Cal. Health & Saf. Code, §§ 11362.7 - 11362.83 (2003)
  • California Compassionate Use Act 1996, Cal. Health & Saf. Code, § 11362.5 (1996)

CAREGIVERS

Yes, primary caregiver is the individual, designated by a qualified patient or by a person with an identification card, who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that patient or person. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older (unless the primary caregiver is the parent of a minor child who is a qualified patient or a person with an identification card).

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF REGISTERED PATIENTS

RECIPROCITY

No

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information on California's medical marijuana law, please contact:

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

For detailed information on county or municipal medical marijuana guidelines, please visit:
http://www.canorml.org/medical-marijuana/local-growing-limits-in-California

For a list of California doctors who recommend medical cannabis, please visit:
http://listings.canorml.org/medical-marijuana-doctors-in-California/list.lasso

For a list of California medical cannabis providers, please visit:
http://canorml.org/medical-marijuana/California-collectives-and-dispensaries-guide