California: Medical Marijuana Handbook
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2023 California Medical Marijuana Handbook
California has 3 bordering states consisting of Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona.
Medical marijuana is legal in Oregon , but they choose not to tax medical marijuana. There is no cannabis excise tax charged on medical marijuana in Oregon.
Medical marijuana is legal in Nevada and is subject to a cannabis sales tax of 6.85%. There is no cannabis excise tax charged on medical marijuana in Nevada.
Medical marijuana is legal in Arizona and is subject to a cannabis sales tax of 5.60%. There is no cannabis excise tax charged on medical marijuana in Arizona.
Medical Marijuana is illegal in so there is no tax on medical marijuana in those states.
About California Medical Marijuana
Is medical marijuana legal in California?
Yes, medical marijuana is legal in California
When and how did California legalize marijuana for medical use?
California legalized medical marijuana in 1996. This law was passed using Proposition 215, SB 420 (2003) and passed with a vote of 56%. The official name for this law is the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 Medicinal Cannabis Program Calif. Health & Safety Code Sec. 11362.7 et seq Calif. Code of Regulations Title 4 Division 19
California Medical Marijuana possession limits
- 8 oz usable
- 6 mature or 12 immature plants
A physician can recommend that a qualified patient have more than the prescribed limits if the quantities do not meet the qualified patient's needs. In that case, the qualified patient can possess the amount that is consistent with their needs. Counties and cities can also enact higher possession limits for their territories.
Is it legal to grow marijuana for medicinal use at home in California?
Yes, medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow marijuana for medicinal use.
A qualified patient or their primary caregiver can maintain up to 6 mature or 12 immature plants per patient. However, if they have a physician’s recommendation that this amount does not meet their medical needs, they can possess an amount consistent with their needs. This amount can also be increased by local ordinance.
Are there medical dispensaries available to patients?
Yes, as long as the patient presents the appropriate documentation for California.
A dispensary cannot be located within a 600-foot radius of a school, unless it is also a licensed residential medical or elder care facility.
Is there a list of specific conditions for medical marijuana in California?
A “serious medical condition” that qualifies a patient for medical marijuana means:
- chronic pain
- 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
- or 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 Disability Act of 1990 or if not alleviated may cause serious harm to the patient’s safety or physical or mental health
The list above, and more detailed information on it, can be found in the California medical marijuana law
Does California have a medical registry system or ID card?
Yes, California keeps track of their medical marijuna patients.
Registration cards are valid for one year and can be renewed annually. At renewal the card holder must provide updated written documentation of their serious medical condition and the name of the person’s designated primary caregiver, if any. Card will be deemed expired if this information is not provided. Registration and renewal fees cannot exceed $100 and Medi-Cal beneficiary is eligible for a 50% discount of fees. Medically indigent individuals incur no fee.
Does California recognize patients from other states?
No, California does not recognize patients from any state.
Are there any age restrictions for medical marijuana in California?
The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 does not limit the age of those who are eligible to obtain medical marijuana. The actual requirements for patients under the age of 18 are left to the individual county issuing the patient registration card.-->