California was among the first states to form a legal medical marijuana program when it signed the bill into law in 1996. The state of California is known for its comparatively relaxed laws surrounding medical marijuana. In California, patients are not subjected to any specific possession limits, nor does the state have any limits surrounding home cultivation. California is unique because it doesn’t require any state registration, therefore accurate enrollment numbers are all but nonexistent. The California NORML chapter estimates medical marijuana enrollment anywhere between 750,000-1,125,000 patients. Medical marijuana in California is available to in-state residents only. Because no statewide application process is required in California, residents can voluntarily apply for a county-issued medical marijuana card. Because of California’s relaxed marijuana laws, the state is home to a dense population of qualified physicians. A complete listing of medical marijuana doctors in California can be found courtesy of NORML. Licensing and application fees vary from physician to physician. California has, by far, one of the most flexible list of qualifying ailments:
- Chronic Pain
- Persistent Muscle Spasms
- Severe Nausea
- Any illness where the use of medical marijuana has been "deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician"
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