California Medical Marijuana Laws

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For patients, California medical marijuana laws are pretty simple. Here’s a quick rundown of the basics. For a more thorough guide of the complete laws and how they effect you, check out

What are the qualifying conditions that can help me get a Marijuana Card?

Currently, California is quite lenient on conditions qualifying you for your MMD card. Here is the list as it stands; notice that it leaves plenty of room for interpretation:

  • Anorexia
  • Arthritis
  • Cachexia
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • HIV or AIDS
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Glaucoma
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Severe Nausea
  • Any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been “deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician”

Possession Limits

There are currently no possession limits specified for CA marijuana patients. However, patients have been arrested for having too much before, so you can never been too careful.

Dispensaries Allowed?

There are technically no state-licensed dispensaries in California. However, may cities locally regulate dispensaries with licensing. It is believed that the majority of shops in California are not licensed.


Per the state law: “a primary caregiver is the individual, designated by a qualified patient or by a person with an identification card, who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that patient or person. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older (unless the primary caregiver is the parent of a minor child who is a qualified patient or a person with an identification card).”