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Under state law, the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop.
215) patients and their "primary caregivers" are protected
from criminal prosecution under state law for personal possession
and cultivation of marijuana, but NOT for distribution or sale to
others. State law was expanded in 2004 by a new law, Senate Bill 420
(Health & Safety Code 11362.7-8). Among other things, SB 420 authorized
patient "cooperatives" or "collectives" to grow,
distribute and/or sell medical marijuana on a non-profit basis to
their members. It also allows duly designated primary caregivers who
consistently attend to patients' needs and collective members to charge
for their labor and services in providing marijuana.
Medical marijuana patients should begin by consulting with their
own physicians about medical use of cannabis. If you don't have a
medical record of treatment for serious illness, you may not be eligible
for marijuana under state law.
To qualify, patients must obtain a physician's "recommendation"
or "approval" (NOT prescription) to use marijuana (SAMPLE
recommendation form). No official registration is required. Marijuana
can be recommended for ANY serious condition for which it provides
relief; over 250 uses have been reported.
WARNING: Beware bogus clinics! Some unethical doctors are charging
clients extra for so-called "cultivation licenses" supposedly
entitling them to grow more than the normal number of plants. There
is no such thing as a "cultivation license" under California
law. Any patient with a California physician's recommendation may
legally cultivate or possess as much marijuana as they need for their
own personal medical use, and no more. No physician can authorize
them to cultivate more (they can only testify in court that a certain
amount of marijuana is consistent with the individual patient's needs,
and they do not have professional competence to prescribe plant numbers).
Other unethical clinics are using doctors whose licenses are invalid
or suspended, or are under the ownership of non-physicians, which
is against California law. Our policy is not to list illegal or unethical
clinics at this website