|Cannabis Policies in CA
|California NORML strongly advises Prop 215 patients to continue following
the SB 420 guidelines – six mature or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of
processed marijuana except where local guidelines specify more.
Some 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).
This is the latest information CaNORML has about local guidelines; check
with your local government entities for updates (and please let us know if
this page needs to be updated). Localities NOT listed at right adhere to CA
state default guidelines of 6 mature OR 12 immature plants and 8 oz. of
dried processed marijuana. County ordinances have jurisdiction over
unincorporated areas of their counties; cities with their own city councils
have their own rules.
|California Proposition 47 (2014):
Requires misdemeanor sentence instead of felony for certain drug and
property offenses. Inapplicable to persons with prior conviction for serious
or violent crime and registered sex offenders. Fiscal Impact: State and
county criminal justice savings potentially in the high hundreds of millions of
dollars annually. State savings spent on school truancy and dropout
prevention, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and victim
|Proposition 215 (1996):
This initiative measure was submitted to the people in accordance with the
provisions of Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution.
Proposition 215 added a section to the Health and Safety Code known as
the Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
Text of the LAW:
SECTION 1. Section 11362.5 was added to the Health and Safety Code, to
11362.5. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the
Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
(b)(1) The people of the State of California hereby find and declare that
the purposes of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 are as follows:
(A) To ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use
marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed
appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined
that the person's health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the
treatment of cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, spasticity, glaucoma,
arthritis, migraine, or any other illness for which marijuana provides relief.
(B) To ensure that patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use
marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are
not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction.
(C) To encourage the federal and state governments to implement a plan to
provide for the safe and affordable distribution of marijuana to all patients
in medical need of marijuana.
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to supersede legislation
prohibiting persons from engaging in conduct that endangers others, nor to
condone the diversion of marijuana for non medical purposes.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no physician in this state
shall be punished, or denied any right or privilege, for having recommended
marijuana to a patient for medical purposes.
(d) Section 11357, relating to the possession of marijuana, and Section 11358,
relating to the cultivation of marijuana, shall not apply to a patient, or to a
patient's primary caregiver, who possesses or cultivates marijuana for the
personal medical purposes of the patient upon the written or oral
recommendation or approval of a physician.
(e) For the purposes of this section, ''primary caregiver" means the individual
designated by the person exempted under this section who has consistently
assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that person.
SEC. 2. If any provision of this measure or the application thereof to any
person or circumstance is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other
provisions or applications of the measure that can be given effect without
the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this
measure are severible.
On November 4, 2014 Nevada county voters rejected Measure S.
That means the ordinance adopted on May 8, 2012 in Nevada county is in
effect. Premises in rural zones AG, AE,FR, or TPZ less than 2 acres are
limited to 100 contiguous square feet of indoor cultivation area or 150
contiguous square feet of outdoor cultivation. Larger parcels can grow
Allows different amounts of marijuana plants on different sized parcels,
according to its ordinance, which took effect January 2013.
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