Is a medical marijuana identification card required under the California Medical Marijuana Program (MMP)?

The California Department of Health and Human Services established the Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) in 2004 to facilitate the registration of qualified patients and their caregivers through a statewide identification system. The identification card is used to verify that a patient and/or caregiver has authorization to possess, grow, transport and/or use medical marijuana in California. Qualified patients and their caregivers may apply for and be issued an identification card through their county of residence.

Patients and their primary caregivers are NOT required to have an identification card.  Rather, participation in the program iscompletley voluntaryThose persons choosing not to take advantage of the medical marijuana identification card program will not be denied the protections provided by California medical marijuana law. 

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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