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.

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