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See our guidelines for providers. The information to be included in the list is at the bottom of the page.

2. Can I legally grow medical marijuana to sell?
Under state law, the "California Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Prop 215)" patients and their "primary care providers" are protected against criminal prosecution under state law for personal possession and cultivation of marijuana, but NOT for distribution or sale to others. State law was expanded in 2004 by a new law, Senate Bill 420 (Health and Safety Code 11362.7-8). Among other things, SB 420 authorizes "cooperatives" or "collective" patients to distribute or sell medical marijuana to their nonprofit members. It also allows primary care providers, who are duly designated, who constantly tend to the needs of patients and members of the groups, to charge for their services and labor to provide marijuana.

3. How much medicinal marijuana can I grow? What are local laws (county laws) or guidelines?
See local guidelines for the cultivation and possession of medicinal marijuana.

5. Where can I find a doctor who can recommend medical marijuana?
Any doctor certified by the state of California can recommend or approve your use of medical marijuana. Also see our list of Medicinal Cannabis Physicians.

6. Do I need an ID card?
They are volunteers, but they can better protect you from being arrested. You love him.

7. Can employers and others, have access to my recommendation for the use of medical marijuana or information on my ID card?
No. The state ID card system has safeguards for the protection of patient privacy. Patients' names and addresses are not stored in the state database: the only information they maintain is a personal photograph and an identification number. The privacy of medical records is protected by federal HIPAA laws.

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8. At work I get an anti-doping test. Can I use medical marijuana?
Not necessarily. The California Supreme Court agrees that employers may discriminate against medicinal marijuana users. The Legislature passed a bill to change this in 2008, but Governor Schwarzenneger vetoes it.

9. Can I take my medical marijuana with me on a plane?
Some airports, such as Los Angeles and Oakland respect patient rights, but others like Arcata and Burbank are not. Since airports are Federal property, it is a risk. If you are leaving California, find out about reciprocity with state law (if there is one).

10. I come to California. Can I use medicinal marijuana there?
With the recommendation of a doctor. Most require residence.

12. Can I use medical marijuana while on parole or probation?
If, unless the judge specifies that he can not, under the conditions of his probation, he may appeal. You can ask the judge to confirm your use of medical marijuana or to modify your parole conditions to allow you to use medical marijuana. See SB420 Article 11362.795. SB420

The People v. Tilehkoohh stated that it is state and non-federal law that governs this question.

13. How do I become a member of California NORML?
View our membership brochure or our membership page.

14. Can I produce or use medical marijuana with children at home?
There is nothing in state law against this. However, it is advised to keep your medical marijuana away from children. Make sure you do not leave marijuana groceries near where children can get them and keep planting far from where they play.

Child Protective Services (child protection services) have rarely been involved, especially in cases with large plant numbers, sales tests, child abandonment, or disordered divorces. In such cases, they are often not very understanding about the use of medical marijuana and can always allege the danger of the child.

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