Medical Marijuana Laws in California

Medical Marijuana Laws in California

Medical Marijuana Laws in California

Medical Marijuana Laws in California

Overview

While recreational marijuana has been legal in California for a couple of years now, residents are still entitled to receive medical marijuana. There are specific laws and regulations about the use of medical marijuana, and many of these differ from recreational use. It is imperative that one knows the laws in place as a violation can result in legal penalties. If you have any questions about medical marijuana and would like to discuss your case, contact us at Law Advocates Group today!

Who Can Receive and Use Medical Marijuana?

Under the Compassionate Use Act, which passed in 1996, Californians are allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes. For many individuals, marijuana helps with their treatment and pain management, thereby making it something a doctor can legally recommend. Only specific individuals can qualify to use medical marijuana – not just any person. The Act permits the use of medical marijuana if it has been recommended by a physician for the treatment of a serious illness. While the Act provides a list of serious illnesses that can receive medical marijuana as treatment, it is not exhaustive. Some of the examples include cancer, arthritis, chronic pain, and seizures. If the illness cannot be reasonably considered to be serious, you cannot receive medical marijuana.

Rights Afforded to Users of Medical Marijuana

Those who can receive medical marijuana as treatment are allowed to use, possess, and cultivate marijuana. As part of this law, an individual is permitted to possess up to 8 ounces and grow up to 12 plants. These stipulations are different from recreational use. Furthermore, while an individual may be permitted to possess and cultivate marijuana, there are places they still cannot smoke it. For example, a person is prohibited from smoking medical marijuana while operating a car or while on school grounds.

To find out whether you qualify for medical marijuana, speak to your physician about your serious illness. If you have any questions about the legal ramifications, we encourage you to contact us for more information and speak with our experienced attorneys.

 

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