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Medical Marijuana Use and cultivation for personal use

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215 or The Compassionate Use Act which provides that qualified patients and their primary caregivers who obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes upon the recommendation of a physician are not subject to criminal prosecution or sanction under State law.  In 2003, the State enacted Senate Bill 420, known as the Medical Marijuana Program, intended to supplement the provisions and clarify the intent and scope of the Compassionate Use Act, and to allow cities to adopt and enforce rules and regulations consistent with the Medical Marijuana Program.

The City of Sacramento regulates the cultivation of medical marijuana in residential properties, as well as the licensing of medical dispensaries throughout the City.

Under Title 8 of the City Code, qualified patients and their caregivers can cultivate up to 400 sq. ft. of medical marijuana indoors in residential zones, subject to certain conditions related to ventilation, lighting, odor control, and structural requirements, among others. For more information on who is a "qualified patient" and obtaining a Medical Marijuana ID card, please check the State of California Department of Public Health page.

Check out our other pages for more information on dispensaries and cultivation of marijuana for commercial purposes.