Here you can find the answers to some commonly asked questions...
How do I use this site?
This site was designed for patients who are looking for doctors and dispensaries that are Safe, Clean, Welcoming & Knowledgeable. The New Patient Pathway will guide first-time patients through the process of becoming a legal medical cannabis patient. Our Doctor Finder will help locate professionals to write medical marijuana recommendations and our Dispensary/Delivery Finder will help find the closest marijuana dispensary.
Can I use marijuana?
You can legally use cannabis if you are 21 or older. You can also use cannabis if you are 18 or older and have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card.
How much marijuana can I legally possess?
If you are 21 or older you can buy and possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. You can also plant, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants in your private residence or on the grounds of your residence. If you are 18 or older and have either have current qualifying physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or are a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d), you can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants, unless the physician’s recommendation specifies a higher amount.
What about medicinal marijuana use?
Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either have current qualifying physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d). You can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants, unless the physician’s recommendation specifies a higher amount. With a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, you do not have to pay sales tax when you buy cannabis, but you may have to pay other taxes.
Where can I consume (use) marijuana?
You can use cannabis on private property. You cannot use, smoke, eat, or vape adult-use cannabis in public places. Property owners and landlords can ban the use and possession of cannabis on their premises. You cannot use cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
Can I carry marijuana around with me?
You can carry up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. It is against the law for you to have an open container of cannabis in a vehicle while driving or riding in the passenger seat. If you have cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in a sealed package. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle. Even if you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, it is illegal to smoke cannabis in an operating vehicle.
Where can I purchase marijuana?
You can only buy cannabis at retail outlets licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control. Medical cannabis patients can only buy from a licensed medicinal retailer. Use our Dispensary/Delivery finder on the homepage to find a dispensary closest to you.
Can I leave California with marijuana?
No. It is illegal to bring your cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal.
Can I get a DUI if I drive while I am high?
Yes. If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
What conditions can be improved with marijuana?
People with cancer, glaucoma, AIDS or HIV, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, and multiple sclerosis have found relief by using marijuana. Marijuana is also used to treat cachexia, anorexia, and wasting syndrome; severe or chronic pain or nausea; seizure disorders (such as epilepsy); arthritis; migraines; and agitation of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, spasticity, and asthma conditions have been improved with marijuana.
How many states currently allow medical marijuana?
Cannabis is legal for medical purposes in thirty states -- Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, West Virginia-- and the District of Columbia have passed laws providing for limited legal protections from arrest for authorized patients who use cannabis with a doctor's recommendation.
What is MMJ?
MMJ is an abbreviation for medical marijuana.
What are the steps to obtain medical marijuana in California?
In order to obtain medical marijuana in the State of California, a patient must possess a document known as a Letter of Recommendation, or a Doctor’s Recommendation. Please visit Our New Patient Pathway on the homepage to guide you through the easy steps of becoming a legal patient in your area.
How do I find a doctor to write a medical marijuana recommendation?
Select the Doctor option on the homepage finder. Enter your city or zip code for a list of the closest doctors in your area.
What is a dispensary or collective?
Generally used as the terms for brick and mortar establishments that provide cannabis medicines.
How do I find a medical marijuana dispensary?
Select the Provider option on the homepage finder. Enter your city or zip code for a list of the closest providers in your area.
What part of the marijuana plant is smoked?
The flowers of the cannabis plant are often referred to as “buds” because it's the leaves of the female plant that are harvested at a specific time, cured and the flowers are trimmed down to just the buds before being provided as medicine. The collection of these buds can range in size between plant and strain. It’s this part of the plant that is used for medicating, often ground and put into a marijuana joint (a thin cylinder of finely cut cannabis rolled in paper for smoking), pipe, or water pipe (aka bong).
What are typical purchase portions & prices for marijuana flowers?
Typical purchase portions of marijuana flowers are: 1 gram: $10-20 and 3.5 grams (1/8 of an ounce): $30-$60. Prices may vary between strains and providers. You can view the Provider's menu for more pricing information.
Are there other ways to consume marijuana besides smoking?
Yes. Vaporizing, eating, drinking, and applying marijuana in topical form are a few of the other popular ways to medicate. To learn about more, visit our New Patient Pathway section "Discovering Medical Marijuana" for more info.
What is an edible?
Marijuana-infused foods are commonly referred to as “edibles” or sometimes, “medibles.” Visit the New Patient Pathway section, "Discovering Medical Marijuana" for more info.
I’ve heard that today's marijuana is stronger and more dangerous. Is this true?
Claims of a dramatic increase in marijuana potency are commonly based on the assertion that marijuana used in the 1960s and 1970s contained only 1% THC (the main psychoactive compound in marijuana). But, as University of Southern California psychology professor and researcher Mitch Earleywine noted in his book, Understanding Marijuana, these claims are based on very small numbers of samples that may have been improperly stored. Furthermore, marijuana with just 1% THC is not psychoactive — that is, it doesn't produce a "high." So if the 1% figure is true, the drug's rapid increase in popularity was based on marijuana so weak that it wasn't even capable of producing the intended effect. Earleywine further explained that the moderate increases in potency that have occurred "...may not justify alarm. THC is not toxic at high doses like alcohol, nicotine, or many other common drugs. High-potency marijuana may actually minimize risk for lung problems because less [smoke] is required to achieve desired effects." Thus, even if today's marijuana were stronger, it would not be more dangerous.
What major organizations support medical marijuana?
American Medical Association, California Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Lymphoma Foundation of America, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Epilepsy Foundation, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Consumer Reports Magazine, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...and many, many more. All either support legal access to medical marijuana or have directly acknowledged that marijuana can have legitimate medical uses. (The American Medical Association, formerly opposed to medical marijuana, officially changed its position to neutral in 1997; the AMA endorses a physician's right to discuss marijuana therapy with patients.)
Why is medical marijuana needed if it's available in pill form (Marinol)?
For people are suffering symptoms from chemotherapy or AIDS wasting syndrome, it can be extremely difficult to swallow pills. After taking Marinol, patients continue to suffer for a half hour or more before the pill takes effect. Smoking or vaporizing marijuana can provide patients with almost instantaneous relief. Marinol contains only a synthetic form of just one of the many therapeutic cannabinoids found in whole marijuana medicines. In addition, Marinol is a federally regulated pharmaceutical and requires a doctor's prescription.
Why is marijuana federally illegal?
Under federal law, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug, meaning the federal government views marijuana as a highly addictive substance having no medicinal value. Doctors may not "prescribe" marijuana for medical use under federal law, though they can "recommend" its use under state law.