Medical cannabis has been legal in California since 1996. when it was regulated with the Proposition 215. Subsequent further legalization has been undertaken with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) with which it was legalized on the recreational level in 2016.
Many other U.S. states have followed California on its path to regulate medical marijuana laws of their own, and several have also legalized it for recreational use as well.
Weed has been a thing in California for as long as anyone can remember. It has become a part of the culture and a tradition among young people from this state to be well informed and often enthusiastic regarding the plant.
And now, everyone can grow it.
Proposition 64 states that adults can legally grow up to 6 plants indoors.
Adults are allowed to possess up to one ounce of cannabis for recreational use and can grow up to six live plants individually or more commercially with a license.
Given that you can grow 6 plants, most people will very likely try to abuse that limit even though it’s set pretty high. One plant can bring up to a pound, roughly bringing you 5-6 pounds every 3 to 4 months. That’s ~15 pounds a year so there is no need to test your luck in growing more than six plants.
Also, make sure you keep your plants in a locked area which cannot be seen from normal street view or you might get fined for it.
Medical Cannabis Cultivation License for California
California Department of Food and Agriculture has published a checklist for all those that plan on growing cannabis in their homes.
Here are some of the most important takeouts:
- Right to occupy property: Your lease agreement, property title, or deed
- Business formation documents filed by the California Secretary of State’s office
- California State Water Resources Control Board permits and verification of your water source
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 1602 permit or a waiver
- California Department of Fee and Tax Administration’s seller’s permit
- Labor peace agreement if you’ll have more than 20 employees
- Surety bond valued at $5,000
- California Department of Justice fingerprinting via its Live Scan service
Another thing that might be beneficial to have before applying for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation License is a permit from your city or county, which will streamline the application process if you submit it along with other documentation.
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