"How many plants am I allowed to grow if I have a California medical marijuana card?"
You are able to grow as much as is medically justifiable for your condition within a 100 square foot space.
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Under California law, a doctor's recommendation will allow you to cultivate 6 mature or 12 immature cannabis plants.
The Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) took effect January 1, 2016 which created a comprehensive state licensing system for the commercial cultivation, manufacture, retail sale, transport, distribution, delivery, and testing of medical cannabis. The state will need several months, if not a whole year, to set up the necessary agencies, information system, and regulations to actually begin issuing licenses. Qualified patients are exempt from the State permit program if they cultivate less than 100 square feet for personal medical use. Exemptions under this section does not prevent a local government from further restricting or banning the cultivation, provision, etc. of medical cannabis by individual patients in its jurisdiction. First check your local city and county ordinances in regards to medical marijuanna. Some counties have outlawed cannabis cultivation entirely (Fresno County, for instance). If you live in one of these Cities or Counties then you unfortunately can not cultivate medical marijuana despite having a recommendation. If your City or County has restrictions on how much cannabis you can grow, then you must follow those guidelines. Some Cities and Counties will have restrictions on number of plants or more commonly limit your cultivation area, for example limit the grow site to 100 square feet in an enclosed secured structure, for example. If your City or County does not have grow restrictions, Congratulations! You can cultivate as much cannabis as you need for your chronic medical condition. But be aware if you are cultivating more than 100 square feet by new State law you are required to apply for a state license depending on the size of your cultivation area. There are 4 different types of cultivation licenses depending on Specialty indoor or outdoor, regular indoor or outdoor, using mixed light, 5,000 square feet or less, 5,001 - 10,000 square feet, 10,001 - 22,000 square feet.
We see this question many times and it varies first on which state you are in since they are all different. I can address California since we are based here. The law in California called MMRSA that took place January 1 2016, is that you can grow cannabis for your own medical consumption in a space of 100 square feet. There is no specific number of plants in that area that is stated that you can grow.
However, each city and county can make their own regulations that can limit this or prohibit growing any plants at all. You need to check you specific city and county regulations since they may be different then the state law.
There also in no such thing as a "cultivation" license that some shady medical evaluation sites try and sell you. You are free to grow what I stated above without the need to purchase anything. There are some sites that charge for these phony documents. However, if you decide to grow cannabis commercially in California then you do need to apply to the state for a license, pay fees to them as well as taxes etc.
Perry Solomon, MD
Yes and No.
A new law took effect January 1, 2016 - The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. It states that qualified patients are exempt from the State permit program if cultivating less than 100 square feet for personal medical use. Exemptions under this section does not prevent a local government from further restricting or banning the cultivation, provision, etc. of medical cannabis by individual patients or caregivers in its jurisdiction (AB 243). That means a patient also has to check with their City and County as well to see if any restrictions or ordinances are in place.
Fresno County, for instance, has banned growing entirely. So in Fresno County it does not matter whether you are a patient or not, you still can not grow cannabis in Fresno County. More commonly Cities and Counties will limit your cultivation size, usually up to 100 sq ft in a locked, secured structure. So as long as you follow your City and County Ordinances as well, then you can legally grow with your marijuana card (or recommendation).
A great place to start is California NORML. Search County Ordinances and check to see if you City or County is listed or has any ordinances on the books.
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It depends on what you mean by a growers license...
If you already have a card, a valid Medical Marijuana Recommendation, then you can already legally grow cannabis plants so long as your City and County do not say otherwise.
SB420 allows a medical marijuana patient to grow/have 12 immature or 6 mature cannabis plants and 8 ounces of dry cannabis. (The subsequent Kelley's decision determined that these limits are in fact unconstitutional and that is up to the patient to decide for themselves how much cannabis they need to grow or have for their own medical condition).
The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA), which took effect January 1 2016, now allows a medical marijuana patient to cultivate less than 100 square feet for personal medical use again so long as their City and County do not say otherwise. Again you only need to have a valid Medical Marijuana Recommendation and you are good to go.
Even better the MMRSA now allows medical marijuana patient to cultivate up to 22,000 square feet in California so long as they get a cultivation license from the Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA). Unfortunately the DFA will not be able to issue licenses until at least 2017 or 2018. It will take them that long to finally get the system in place. When they do start issuing licenses, for cultivating more than 100 square feet, applicants must provide proof of local approval and evidence of legal right to occupy proposed location(s).
How much do you want to cultivate?
If less than 100 sq ft, You just need your valid Medical Marijuana Recommendation and your local City and County approval. You do not need a "growers license" and are exempt from the State permit program.
If more than 100 sq ft, You need to apply to the FDA for a license when they start issuing them (2017 or 2018), you will need your local City and County approval and you will also need a valid Medical Marijuan Recommendation.
It's true you can only carry 8 ounces at a time and you grow up to I think ten plants or so but you are not allowed to physically drive around smoking it's illegal unless your an HIV your not a patient but a consumer were talking real issue lets not get carried away
You can grow with a cannabis recommendation, but commercial amount require commercial licensing. Please check out this resource:
This all depends on your location. You are responsible for knowing the laws regarding cannabis possession and transportation in the state, in the county and in your city or jurisdiction. You will find both the laws regarding how many ounces you may carry with you and how it needs to be transported and you will also be able to find it specified how many plants you are allowed to grow for personal use and how the county and city require that you grow your plants, for example do they need to be covered or strictly grown indoors, Etc. It is best to know the laws so that you can stay within the confines and never be in trouble with cannabis.
That depends on the area on which you reside and your status as that of caregiver or commercial cannabis grower.
I would look up you local rules first..Indoor..Outdoor?
Here’s the transcript of the video above answering: “How many plants can I grow?”
Pamela Hadfield: So, Perry, we get this question all the time. If I get my medical recommendation, how many plants can I grow?
Dr. Perry Solomon: The state law right now is you can grow as many plants in a hundred square feet as you can grow essentially.
Pamela: It could be a lot.
Dr. Solomon: It could be a lot. It depends on your technique and how you grow it. But the state law is a hundred square feet and the plants that you can grow there. Of course, what happens is, different counties and different cities have different regulations. So a city can say we don't want you to grow anything. And what the county could say, that's what you need to check with your county and your city before you grow anything.
Pamela: And what’s a cultivation license?
Dr. Solomon: Well, it's a rip-off. Essentially what happens is, places that you get your writ from say, “Oh, I can sell you a cultivation license for your own personal use, etc., so you can grow more plants than that,” and they're ripping you off. If someone says that to you, say, “Goodbye,” and go to some other recommendation service. It just doesn't exist. There's a commercial license where you can grow cannabis commercially for sale in bulk. But you have to apply to the state, pay taxes and get the background check, etc., so there are rules and regulations for that. But there is no such thing as a cultivation license for personal use.