Growing medical marijuana in California isn’t a big deal! All you need are some marijuana seeds, plenty of light, water, and nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium-rich fertilizers, and a medical marijuana card in California. And last but the most important: some very useful information that will let you grow the best medical marijuana plants at your home – we’ll tell you about that in this blog.

Growing Medical Marijuana in California & How to Get a Permit

Before that, we’ll tell you about how you can get a medical marijuana card in California to grow your ‘magic’ plant at home.

Getting a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) Card in California

You’ll need to have a recommendation from a California board licensed physician. You will start with filling out a short questionnaire on your ailment and how it affects your life. You can fill it out online on the evaluator’s website which will direct you to take a virtual doctor’s visit for the evaluation of your need. You can choose to get this evaluation done on phone or by visiting your state licensed doctor’s office in person.

Your doctor/physician will give you a full evaluation and ask you some non-invasive questions about your medical history and your ailments. It doesn’t take more than 20 minutes for the evaluation.

If the physician finds that you should be given access to medical marijuana for treatment, he/she will tell you right there and email you the MMJ card recommendation straight away. You can bring the mail’s print copy to local dispensary for use right away. You will receive your physical hard copy of the recommendation in few days.

Best Practices for Growing Medical Marijuana Plant in California

Once you’ve got your doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana for the cure of your disease, and have been granted the MMJ card, the California State Law Prop 215 permits you to legally grow, consume and possess medical marijuana.

Medical marijuana plant will require plenty of light, water and fertilizer for its proper growth. There are stimulants that can take off its growth to the fullest.

You will need to take care of these while growing medical marijuana at home:

  • During the vegetative period of the growth, use the nitrogen-rich fertilizer that will help by stimulating its growth rapidly.

  • When you can see flowers on the plant, use a fertilizer rich in phosphate and potassium to encourage their growth into large, lush buds.

  • Try growing your medical marijuana plant outside in the house campus. A continuous exposure to enough light, water, and fertilizer will provide the plant a good growth. And, it will also be easier and less expensive. However, check if your local authority allows you to grow outside or not, as depending on where you live in California outside growing may be not allowed.

  • Take your time to decide which MMJ strain you want to grow. The strain you choose should be able to treat your ailment most effectively.

  • The life cycle of medical marijuana card is as such that following the flowering stage, the plant will die. And the whole process of growing medical marijuana will have to start again.

How Much Plant You Can Grow

Home cultivation of medical marijuana in California is legal under Proposition 64. But this law also imposes certain limits as to which you can grow MMJ at home. Under this law, the medical marijuana card carriers in California can:

  • Possess up to one ounce of the plant

  • Grow up to 6 mature, or up to 12 immature plants of their own at home.

  • This law applies to everyone aged 21 and over


With a medical marijuana card in California, you can easily grow your MMJ strain at home, but growing inside will be somewhat costly. As the plant requires plenty of light, you’ll have to buy a light to continuously expose on the plant. That’s why it’s advised to grow your plant outside in your backyard or may be in your front yard. But you should always check the local laws before doing so!

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.

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