There are three steps to the “medical cannabis patient” or “medical marijuana patient” experience in San Diego, in light of Prop 215.

Common questions about the medical cannabis patient experience tend to be: Do I need a medical marijuana card? Do I need a medical marijuana grower’s license? Do I need a medical marijuana doctors recommendation?

No, you do not need a medical marijuana card (unless you plan to travel the state with 8 oz. + of cannabis or 6 + plants, at which point it is recommended.)

No, you do not need a growers licence to grow at home.

Yes, you do need your doctor / physician recommendation to become a medical cannabis patient in California. This is the most important thing to do if you plan to be a medical cannabis patient in San Diego. 


Green Carpet Growing LogoThe “cards” are voluntary from the state and from the city of San Diego. 

Growing-wise, all Californians are able to grow up to 6 plants “per parcel of land” indoors (or outdoors if their local jurisdiction allows it.) Indoor growing is OK across California, but outdoor cultivation laws are determined at a local level currently. However, all medical cannabis patients in California may grow as much as they need in the privacy of their home indoors. Nevertheless, your landlord may legally forbid cannabis cultivation and are within their legal right to do so. Be careful with your leases and analyse them closely if growing is important to you.



3 Step Guide To Being A Medical Marijuana / Cannabis Patient in San Diego.


Get your CA Physician’s Recommendation. This is the bedrock of your cannabis rights as a medical cannabis patient. Prop 215 (1996) allows individuals with a CA Physician’s Recommendation for medical marijuana / cannabis to have up to 8 ounces of cannabis, and grow up to 6 “mature” plants. A Supreme Court ruling (People vs. Kelly) in 2010 determined medical cannabis patients in CA may grow and have as much as they need according to their needs, and no more. 

We recommend visiting San Diego Evaluations if you need to get your CA Physician’s Medical Cannabis Recommendation. 



San Diego MMIC / Medical Marijuana Identification Card 

This card is issued by the city of San Diego. Quite simply, it further reinforces and documents your legal standing. You may apply on the city website. However, many people do not go through with this step because of the CA Supreme Court ruling in the historic 2010 People vs. Kelly. The CA Supreme Court ruled that medical cannabis patients have the right to have and grow as much as they need. This ruling was not only compassionate, it was common sense. 



California MMIC (Medical Marijuana Identification Card)

This optional and voluntary state issued card and is recommend for those who are traveling throughout the state of California with more than 6 plants or 8 ounces, to further support and document their legal rights. The CDPH 9042 Form must be filled out to apply.


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