In California, there is no state regulation or set standard in regards to cultivation and/or distribution of medical marijuana. Guidelines, regulations and rules are left to the jurisdiction of each county in California.
Before you get your medical marijuana card you will need to see a Medical marijuana doctor in California.
As of May, 2013, all but three counties have implemented a medical marijuana program. Judging by recent developments in the following three counties, we can conclude that they are simply not ready to be a part of the medical marijuana program:
1. Mariposa: Pending but highly unlikely.
2. Sutter: Awaiting resolution.
3. Colusa: Dispensaries banned.
To Register for a Medical Marijuana Card in California
- Make sure you qualify for a medical marijuana card by consulting with your doctor first
- Obtain a copy of your doctors recommendation
- Proof of identity (drivers license or ID)
- Proof of residency (i.e. rent or mortgage receipt)
- Contact your county using this A to Z Listing of Medical Marijuana County Programs
- Complete the Medical Marijuana Program Application/Renewal Form
- Ask your doctor to complete the Written Documentation of Patient’s Medical Records. You can find a medical marijuana doctor using our directory.
- You must apply in person at:
California Department of Public Health
Public Health Policy and Research Branch
Attention: Medical Marijuana Program Unit
P.O. Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
If you have any more questions please contact the California Department of Public Health.
Medical Marijuana Card Application Fees:
State Admin Fees: $66.00 Patient/Caregiver $33.00 Medi-Cal Patients
Please note these are the State administration fees only; Counties add on their own administration fees. For the actual cost in your county please contact your county medical marijuana program