Medical Marijuana

As everyone knows, the use of marijuana for medical purpose has been approved in California. Designated primary caregivers and patients can legally possess and grow marijuana if they have a recommendation from a licensed physician or if they hold a medical marijuana card.

But there are definitely certain restrictions as well. It is important for every medical marijuana patient to know their legal rights.

Legal Rights of Medical Marijuana Patients

  • What is considered marijuana?

Nearly all part of the cannabis plant are considered as marijuana. This comprises of buds, stalks, seeds, resin, leaves and fibers. Medical marijuana and related cannabis  products such as concentrated cannabis, hashish oils, tinctures, waxes, hash and edibles comes under this category.

  • How much of marijuana are patients allowed to possess and grow?

According to state law SB 420, there is a limit of either 6 mature or 12 immature plants or possesses 8 ounces of dried marijuana for each patient or caregiver. It is also possible for a physician or the local government to approve higher allowances.

Prop 215 allows the patients of medical marijuana to possess the amount necessary for their treatment. However, patients are more likely to be arrested if they exceed the limits set by SB420 or by the local ordinances.

  • Where can I smoke medical marijuana?

According to SB420, medical marijuana smoking is barred at places such as no smoking zones, school buses, while operating a motor vehicle/boat and within 1000 feet of a school/youth center.

  • What are the various illnesses covered?3

According to Prop. 215, chronic pain, anorexia, AIDS, spasticity, glaucoma, arthritis and migraines are some of the illnesses for which medical marijuana can provide relief.

  • Who are qualified as physicians?

Qualified physicians, osteopaths and surgeons have the license to practice in California. Prop. 215 requires physicians to approve or recommend marijuana. They are protected from federal prosecution if they recommend marijuana according to Conant U.S. Court decision.

It’s important for medical marijuana patients to know their legal rights. Some of the facts mentioned above must be remembered and if you have more questions, you can read more  here.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

In California, there are very few regulations that pertain to how medical marijuana is taxed during its growth or sale. Many counties and cities have banned the growth and sale of medical marijuana. Although legislators and medical marijuana supporters believe the tax revenues generated by its sale could be in the millions of dollars, it is often being left up to the voters as to whether marijuana based products will be allowed to be sold in certain areas.


 Law for Medical Marijuana

Pot Dispensaries
Pot dispensaries have been required to pay taxes almost since medical marijuana was legalized two decades ago. The problem arises from the fact that the dispensaries are not closely monitored. This leaves many people to believe that they may be under-reporting their sales or, in some cases, not reporting them at all.

Authorization for County Taxes
Many communities, including Salinas and San Bernardino, are willing to allow medicinal marijuana to be sold as long as it is taxed. Taxes ranging between 5 and 15% have been suggested in most of the communities, but many taxpayers claim that medicines, like foods, cannot be taxed. If marijuana is to be used for medicinal purposes, it should fall into the same category as other medicines.

Leaving It Up to the Voters
Throughout California, many of the counties leave it up to the voters as to whether or not marijuana should be sold legally in their communities. When the counties are given the go ahead, each one realized early on the tax revenue generated by marijuana could be a financial lifesaver. Because tax regulations are so few, many counties and communities are taking it upon themselves to tax the products according to the community’s financial needs.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leading Orange County medical marijuana evaluation clinic. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

Marijuana Usage

Medical marijuana is a huge industry and it helps quite a few patients who are stricken with cancer and glaucoma to serious pain issues to recover who would otherwise be debilitating. However, many people who use medical marijuana still don’t understand all of the facts and laws that govern the sale and use of it.

Are You a Marijuana Patient in CA?
If you’re a medical marijuana patient or you’re considering applying for a license through your doctor, use this guide to help you learn about the rules and regulations that you’ll be subject to. You might even want to learn more if you have a friend, family member or loved one who uses marijuana for medical purposes.

Understanding Proposition 215
Marijuana UsageProposition 215 took effect on November 6, 1996 in the state of California and gave patients the right to obtain, cultivate, grow and use marijuana for medical purposes set forth within the proposition. This proposition also allowed licensed individuals to set up cooperatives to grow, cultivate and sell medical marijuana to patients who had valid ID cards issued by the state.

Individuals who follow the rules set forth in proposition 215 are supposed to be safe from law enforcement prosecution.

What Ailments Are Covered?
Many people don’t understand what illnesses are supposed to be covered by proposition 215. According to the actual wording; cancer, anorexia, Aids, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis and other illnesses are supposed to be protected and sufferers are supposed to be allowed access to medical marijuana in California.

Are Arrests Still Possible?
Unfortunately arrests are still possible though they are generally not heavily enforced. Still, many medical marijuana users have been arrested or raided because of supposedly dubious ID cards. Arrests have also been made when users were in possession of large quantities of marijuana or had potent strains of it.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leading provider of medical marijuana evaluations in Southern California. As a leading medical marijuana doctor in Orange County and an advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.

While it’s a very gray area at the moment, the Transportation Security Authority (TSA) has been looking the other way when passengers attempt to board state-to-state flights in the U.S. with marijuana in their possession. They are not making a bold statement that they are permitting travel with marijuana, but they are not making arrests, either.

Generally, when an airline passenger has attempted to board a flight with contraband, illegal substances, or prohibited items in their possession, the TSA has deferred the matter to the realm of local law enforcement. In states where medicinal marijuana is permitted, local authorities typically aren’t going make an arrest because the passenger is a medicinal marijuana patient.

Despite marijuana remaining illegal under Federal law, this deference to local enforcement agencies has presented a quandary for Federal airline security personnel. Their attempt to enforce Federal law, combined with the fact that they defer the situation to local police, leaves the TSA with a situation where an arrest won’t be made based on the state’s marijuana laws.

Because of this, the TSA has begun unofficially allowing medicinal marijuana passengers to travel with their weed, and permits passengers traveling between the two states that allow recreational marijuana use (Colorado and Washington) to also board with the substance. TSA authorities have stated that their desire is for marijuana laws to be changed at a Federal level to reduce or eliminate the strict regulations governing possession of marijuana.

While it is technically a “try at your own risk” situation, if you do plan to travel by air between or to states that have medicinal or recreational marijuana laws, you will likely be permitted to board your flight and arrive at your destination without any interference from local or Federal law enforcement.

Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Orange County. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time and advises patients on how to get a medical marijuana card in California.