California Medical Marijuana Guidelines Survey

Disclaimer - These pages are presently under construction and may include incomplete information, inaccurate information, or information that is not fully verified.

Looking for California cannabis guidelines, regulations, and ordinances?

With the passage of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), the California Legislature has enacted a regulatory framework for medical cannabis.  Similarly, Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), has established a regulatory framework for adult use.  Both are dual-licensing systems, meaning that a local permit is ordinarily needed in addition to a state license, giving local jurisdictions precise local control over commercial cannabis activity.  While some local jurisdictions have issued local permits, California has yet to issue any state licenses.


Caution:  This information is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice; please consult with a lawyer for legal advice. Guidelines, regulations, and ordinances are constantly changing, so please issue your own California Public Records Act request to obtain the most recent version straight from local authorities.

California HSC 11362.5:
Agency Implementation and Compliance by County: click on links to the right >
Please note all documents are downloadable PDF files.

State-Issued Medical Cannabis Guidelines:

California Attorney General Medical Marijuana Guidelines

Summary of Current California Medical Marijuana Law

Response from Attorney General Kamala Harris Response

Views that often limit safe access to Medical Cannabis:

Drug Enforcement Agency Medical Marijuana Stance.  Sent to us by the city of Pasadena

Office of National Drug Control Policy:  What Americans Need to Know about Marijuana.  Sent to us by the city of Pasadena.

Help Needed

This audit needs your help. If you have any original documents pertaining to implementation and compliance of HSC §11362.5 also known as the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, please forward a legible copy to the addresses on the Contact page for it to be incorporated into this project.

Special thanks to Marco Ortega (Yale University 2015)