User Guide to Medical Cannabis Laws in California.
What new to state law?
Proposition 64 allowed 21 y.o. adults to use and possess cannabis for recreational purposes. The measure ruled two new taxes, one is on cultivation and the other on retail price. Revenue from the marijuana taxes will be spent on drug research, treatment, and enforcement, health and safety grants addressing marijuana, schools, and preventing environmental damage resulting from illegal marijuana production.
The Medical Marijuana Program Act – Bill 420
Bill 420 allows Californian patients to purchase, possess, use or grow Medical Cannabis for compassionate use, provided they have a medical marijuana recommendation from a state licensed 420 physician .
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of Cannabis or its bioactive cannabinoids as a medication to treat different disease or a lot of symptoms. Advocates believe that Marijuana can reduce nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy, improve appetite in people with HIV/AIDS, and treat chronic pain and muscle spasms among other symptoms.
420 Bill was passed by the California State Legislature in 1996 in adherence to the Tenth Amendment in the Constitution. This 420 bill with Proposition 215, The California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, established the medical marijuana guidelines and regulations for the Medical Marijuana program in California.
Medical Marijuana highlights of 420 Bill:
- SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS may cultivate, possess and use if treatment is recommended by a licensed 420 MD
- PRIMARY CAREGIVERS may possess or cultivate Medical Marijuana for use by their 420 patient
- PHYSICIANS are protected from any criminal or civil liability for recommending or approving Medical Marijuana to their patients
ONLINE MMJDOCTOR: 420 Medical Evaluations are done by California State Licensed Physicians in-person or online. This user-friendly 420-evaluation process is typically completed entirely online or in one of our two locations in San Francisco and San Jose.
Medical Cannabis may be used with a vaporizer, smoking , consuming edibles, administering extracts, taking capsules or using oral sprays. Synthetic cannabinoids such as dronabinol and nabilone are also allowed by recommendation from a licensed 420 MD.
Proposition 215 – Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana
Proposition 215, Section 11362.5 of the California Health & Safety Code, exempts 420 patients and specified caregivers that possess or cultivate Marijuana recommended by a state licensed 420 physician against any criminal charges. Licensed Physicians that recommend medical marijuana cannot be punished or denied any right or privilege. However, physicians are prohibited from condoning non-medical Medical Marijuana use.
The California Department of Justice states that qualified patients and caregivers may possess 8 ounces of dried Cannabis provided that they have been issued a state Medical Marijuana Identification Card. MMP Card holders are also allowed to grow up to 6 mature or 12 immature Pot plants. Further, the state goes on to declare that cities and counties may adjust guidelines , allowing approved medical marijuana patients to grow more marijuana plants.
Under Prop. 215, Medical Marijuana use is prohibited within 1000 feet of public place, at work or while operating or driving by any means of transport. An employer may fire any employee.
Smart or Stupid – The Name of Bill 420 -?
According to folklore, in 1971, a rag-tag group from San Rafael called the Waldos scheduled their regular Cannabis meeting place at the campus’ statue of Dr. Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m. The Waldos’ catchphrase of 420 Louis caught on and it soon became a cool codeword for Marijuana-smoking in general.
Steven Hager of High Times scribe of ,”Stoner Smart or Stoner Stupid?”, proclaimed that 4:20 p.m. as the intelligent and socially acceptable time to start Cannabis consumption. Later, the 420 term was linked to the Grateful Dead, with their followers being credited with popularizing the term world-wide.
In North America, the day of April 20 became a counterculture holiday celebrating the joys of Cannabis consumption. Some Cannabis Day events have strong political overtones and have become a rallying point to advocate legalization. Recently, through these gatherings, pro-Marijuana groups have amalgamated considerable power, influencing both universities and community.
California Medical Marijuana Program
The California Department of Public Health’s Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) provides a State-authorized Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) and maintains a confidential database of qualified mmj patients and caregivers. Participation is voluntary and only authorized authorities can verify the validity of MMIC Cards online.
Our 420 Medical Evaluation Center provides patients with high quality Medical Marijuana photo ID Cards. This patient friendly process is completed online or in our Mmj Doctor Locations.
County, State & Federal – Medical Marijuana Law
California has 482 cities and 58 counties, each has power to govern local Medical Marijuana industries. Medical Marijuana patients should become familiar with County medical marijuana regulations, especially when growing or possessing larger amounts of Medical Cannabis. Differences in county regulations can be significant. While one county may allow users to possess several pounds medical cannabis, another may have a zero tolerance policy.
There is serious discussion by most of the 2016 Presidential candidates to either legalize Medical Marijuana or leave the issue entirely within the jurisdiction of the individual states.
Medical Marijuana Bill Summary
- Any adult can become a legal Medical Marijuana patient in California and get a medical marijuana recommendation from a licensed 420 physician to treat any medical conditions where cannabis can help.
- Once a patient qualifies, a Medical Marijuana Patient Recommendation Letter and ID card are issued.
- MMJ Identification Card and the recommendation letter allows patients to purchase Medical Marijuana from any medical marijuana dispensary in the state.
- All mmj patient information is confidential and cannot be shared with others without patient consent.
- A medical marijuana recommendation letter legally allow you to grow, possess, consume, and transport medical Cannabis as a medicine in the state of California. Note that some county regulations are different from that of the state.
- If you test positive for Marijuana, your employer may have grounds for firing you, despite having a MMJ ID card and recommendation letter from a licensed medical marijuana doctors.
- Medical Marijuana is not covered by any health insurance company.
For more information about Medical Marijuana and mmj Recommendations, 420 Evaluations and MMJ id Cards, contact one of our Licensed California Cannabis Doctors here.