What does a California Medical Marijuana ID Card Do?

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on July 28, 2014 · 0 comments

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medical marijuana attorney Santa Ana CaliforniaIn California, the only thing you need to legally grow medical marijuana for personal use is a physician’s recommendation. However, the state has set up a medical marijuana ID card system to help protect MMJ users and prevent unwarranted arrests.


The ID cards were established under Senate Bill 420. Here is what you need to know:


  • Medical marijuana ID cards are voluntary
  • There are other programs that offer medical marijuana ID cards, but they do not offer legal protection. These cards are strictly for dispensary membership privileges.
  • Registering for the state ID card will not subject you to any extra scrutiny by the DEA
  • Your employer will not know and cannot find out whether or not you have applied for a state ID card
  • You can apply for a state ID card at your county health department in every county except Sutter and Colusa


If you have had an incident with law enforcement in which an officer has refused to recognize your medical marijuana ID card or your doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana, you should write down all the details of your encounter, including the officer’s name, precinct, and the date and time the incident occurred. You should report the incident to the jurisdiction where it occurred.


The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


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