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California medical cannabis growing laws

Finally, transporting marijuana without intent to sell it, or giving marijuana away, is not a crime in California so long as both of the following are true:

In any of these scenarios, black market sale or transportation for sale of marijuana under HS 11360 is punishable by two (2), three (3) or four (4) years in jail. 9

5. What is the penalty for selling to a minor?

Unfortunately, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the United States Controlled Substances Act. And U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rescinded an Obama-era policy “hands-off” policy with respect to people who comply with state marijuana laws

People under 21 who grow any amount o marijuana are guilty of an infraction. If under 18 years of age, they can be required to attend drug counseling and perform community service. People 18 and over (but under 21) who unlawfully grow marijuana may be fined up to $100.

6. What are the laws for concentrated cannabis?

Proof of intent to sell marijuana without a license is usually made by circumstantial evidence (“indicia of sale”). 7

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Yes, no cultivation limits are specified under state law but local ordinances can limit or ban medical cultivation.

Yes. Temporary state licensing for dispensaries began on January 1, 2018 and permanent licenses will be issued starting in July. Until January 9, 2019, nonprofit dispensaries may continue to operate under state law SB 420.

Yes, primary caregiver is the individual, designated by a qualified patient or by a person with an identification card, who has consistently assumed responsibility for the housing, health, or safety of that patient or person. The caregiver must be 18 years of age or older (unless the primary caregiver is the parent of a minor child who is a qualified patient or a person with an identification card).


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