Will a Medical Marijuana ID Card Keep Me from Being Arrested?

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on November 18, 2014 · 0 comments

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There are lots of different medical marijuana ID cards in California. You may have gotten something from your doctor when he or she recommended medical marijuana as a treatment option. You may have a card from a dispensary where you are a member. So why do you need another medical marijuana ID card?


The California State medical marijuana ID program does several things. First, it’s voluntary. You don’t have to register for one. Second, the information contained on the card is kept by the Department of Public Health—not law enforcement, so by registering you are not opening yourself up to tracking or monitoring by law enforcement.  Thirdly, the cardholder—by law—is protected from arrest by state and local law enforcement for cultivation, possession, or transportation of medical marijuana in amounts specified by Proposition 215.


You are not protected by the state ID card if you take medical marijuana into another state or onto Federal property, such as national parks. The card will also not protect you if you are in violation of any part of the medical marijuana laws, such as being too close to schools or parks, or possession of an amount prohibited by law. Proposition 215 specifies that individuals are limited to 8 ounces of dried bud, 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants per person.


You don’t have to have a state card to legally possess, cultivate or transport medical marijuana within the state of California. A recommendation from your doctor is all you need.


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