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 County Regulations