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. Read more about California cannabis law here.
How do I become a medical marijuana patient?