The California Compassionate Use Act, or Proposition 215, was enacted by voters and took effect on November 6, 1996 as California Health & Safety Code 11362.5. The legislation makes it legal for patients with a physician’s recommendation and their primary caregivers to possess and cultivate marijuana for their personal medical use.
SB420 went into effect January 1, 2004 as California H&SC 11362.7-.83. The legislation supplements Prop 215 by allowing patients to form “collectives” or “cooperatives” to cultivate medical cannabis. It also formed a voluntary state ID card system run through county health departments. Limitations on patient possession and cultivation were also established, and patients were ensured protection from arrest if the guidelines were met.
How do I become a medical marijuana patient?
In order to qualify for a medical marijuana recommendation in California, a licensed California doctor must diagnose you with a serious medical debilitating condition. The law is very loose in this regard, with qualifying conditions ranging from cancer to chronic pain.
- Obtain evidence of California residency (driver’s license, utility bills, etc)
- Visit a licensed doctor and request a recommendation for medical marijuana.
- (Optional, but recommended): Obtain a state issued medical marijuana card for $25.
The process of becoming a MMJ patient is very simple, only requiring state residency and a doctor’s recommendation. However, due to SB420, the state offers ID cards that protect the user from police and prosecution. It’s not necessary, but it’s cheap and it’ll help when the cops pull you over and see cannabis in your car.
According to the California Health and Safety Code, “No person or designated primary caregiver in possession of a valid [state] identification card shall be subject to arrest for possession, transportation, delivery, or cultivation of medical marijuana in an amount established pursuant to this article, unless there is reasonable cause to believe that the information contained in the card is false or falsified, the card has been obtained by means of fraud, or the person is otherwise in violation of the provisions of this article.”
Only get medical marijuana ID cards from the county health department. Cards from doctors, dispensaries, etc, are all INVALID and do not protect patients under California law. Only official ID cards offered by the state are recognized.
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