California

California Marijuana Laws

California voters approved Proposition 215 (the Compassionate Use Act) in 1996, making California the first state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. SB 420 (the Medical Marijuana Program Act) followed in 2003, enacting a voluntary statewide ID card program and establishing a legal framework under which coops and collectives could legally operate. This measure also established certain guidelines for the distribution, possession and transportation of medical marijuana in California. Although these laws afford qualified patients and their designated caregivers the right to legally use, possess and cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes, SB 420 largely left dispensary regulations up to cities and counties. So know your local city and county laws and ordinances! Patient and caregiver ID’s are not mandatory in California but provide protection from arrest for patients possessing eight (8) ounces or less of marijuana or cultivating no more than six (6) mature or twelve (12) immature plants. State issued ID cards can be acquired through your County Department of Public Health.

California Proposition 215 (Compassionate Use Act of 1996)

California SB 420 (Medical Marijuana Program Act)

CA Assembly Bill 1300

CA Assembly Bill 2650


California County Regulations

Alameda_County

Butte_County

Calaveras_County

Contra_Costa_County

Kern_County

Lake_County

Mendocino_County

San_Luis_Obispo_County

San_Mateo_County

Santa_Clara_County

Shasta_County

Sonoma_County

Stanislaus_County

Tehama_County

Tulare_County

Yuba_County_Cannabis_Ord137-12

Yuba_County_Cannabis_Ord256-12

Yuba_County_Cultiv_Ord448-12