Vote Medical Marijuana California State Grade
In 1996, California became the first medical cannabis state when voters approved Prop. 215, the Compassionate Use Act. In 2003, the California legislature passed the Medical Marijuana Program Act, establishing a voluntary ID card program, protections for transporting cannabis, and a legal framework to protect not-for-profit dispensing collectives and cooperatives. Patients and caregivers without an ID card or in possession of larger quantities are afforded an affirmative defense.
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View and print the California MMJ State Report Card from our latest report: Medical Marijuana access in the U.S. A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws.
While many state programs have important elements helpful to patients, no state has yet established an ideal, comprehensive program, and the recent trend of restrictive medical marijuana laws fails to meet the needs of patients. Contact your representative today!