Medical Marijuana in California
The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (2015) created a state agency within the Department of Consumer Affairs to develop rules and licensing procedures for medical cannabis dispensaries. Dispensaries must be compliant with local guidelines prior to receiving a state license, and will be permitted to operate on a 'for profit' basis. New regulations will not override municipal moratoriums, nor will they prohibit the collection of local sales taxes on marijuana purchases in communities that presently impose them. Regulations under the new law are not expected until early 2017 and licensing is not anticipated to begin until early 2018.
The 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). No possession limits or home cultivation limits are specified. Qualifying conditions include any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been "deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician."
Visit the California Department of Public Health for more information.