Jenny Bloom

February 6, 2019

California can now legally grow up to six marijuana plants at home, including all of the harvest from those plants.

Every adult Californian can now legally grow marijuana. It is an event that was destined to occur. Before you get started growing, though, there are some rules.

Here’s what you should know:

  1. The minimum age is 21
  2. Possess no more than 6 plants at a time
  3. Grow only where you live, where it cannot be seen and lock it
  4. Carry no more than 28.5 grams, leave the rest at home
  5. Cities can prohibit outdoor growing, but not indoor growing
  6. If you’re in trouble with the law, call Michael Heicklen. He focuses on family and business law for the cannabis community

If you want to start growing in California, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

The Finer Details of Growing Laws in California

Those were the basics, below are a few more details about each point.

  • The minimum age is 21. Marijuana is now treated similarly to alcohol, so no underage growing. While teenagers love growing weed – it’s a fun science project – the current law says growing is an adult sport.
  • Possess no more than 6 plants. This is probably the clearest part of the new law. It says six plants, regardless of their stage in the growing process. Many other states allow adults to have additional plants that are not already flowering – California does not.
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This rule is likely due to environmentalists concerns over widespread home growing impacting the water supply. Everyone needs to be conservative in their weed growing.

While this rule is a bummer, it’s not that big of a deal. You can still produce a significant amount of weed with six plants – especially if you use advanced growing techniques. Plan ahead and store your weed well, and you should be fine.

  • Keep your growing personal. Just because growing has been legalized in California, it’s still a personal privilege and should be kept private. This means you should be growing in your own home or on your property.

People should not be able to see your plants unless you live in a place that doesn’t care and it’s just your neighbors – and they don’t mind. However, growing openly in your backyard is illegal if you live next to someplace public, like a park.

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  • 28,5 is the magic number. At any given time, you can only have 28.5 grams of marijuana which equals an ounce. This does not apply to weed that you have grown from your plants. You can keep all that you harvest.

However, if you give away any of it, you can only take 28.5 grams of it out of your house.

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If you don’t already own a scale, invest in one. If you grow six plants, you will have much more than 28.5 grams. To stay legal, make sure you aren’t carrying too much at one time.

  • Growing marijuana is your right. Although it is now legal, many California home growers may need to stay stealth. There are cities and towns in California that are prohibiting marijuana growing.

They are allowed to do that by this law. If you live in one of those areas, you cannot grow outdoors unless no one knows you are doing it. If they can tell, you have broken the law.

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Growing is your right

The law also says cities and towns cannot keep you from growing marijuana inside your home. This includes rental homes and apartments. If you are a renter, follow the rule of keeping your growing personal, and you will stay legal.

California growing laws are highly defined, like California wine. Although they are more restrictive than other states, they also give a lot of rights to home growers.

If you plan to grow in California, take some time to learn advanced growing techniques. It will help you get the most yield from a few plants. Click here if you want to buy marijuana seeds in California

California Growing Etiquette

The right to grow weed at home is vital for many Californians. However, some things can get you in trouble, and likely piss off at least one of your neighbors.

Here are some of them:

  • Growing more weed than you need – that’s not eco-conscious
  • Selling your weed – leave that to the ‘professionals.’
  • Planting outdoors where people don’t want you to plant – that’s just rude
Michael Heicklen

Michael Heicklen:“Our office advises and drafts local applications for marijuana licenses. We also ensure that our clients are ready for the 2018 state licensing process.

What about the medical users in California?

Starting in 2018, medical card holders will not pay sales tax on retail weed. However, in neighboring recreational states, the sales of retail marijuana made medical strains harder to obtain.

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So, if you use medical strains, it is probably a good idea to start growing them now, before the supply diminishes (if you aren’t already).

Have more questions about growing marijuana in California? Post them below. We’ll update this page with answers to your frequently asked questions as needed.

If you want to start growing in California, make sure to download my free marijuana grow bible

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Prior to November 2016 these were marijuana laws in California
California is well known for its medical marijuana program, and many California patients enjoy the benefits of growing their own weed for medication. The state led the medical marijuana movement in the United States, with many states following their lead.

The Califonia program is approved for HIV/AIDS, Cancer, MS, epilepsy, Glaucoma, Chronic or unmanageable pain, Cachexia, Arthritis, and Migraines. You don’t need a medical maijuana ID card in order to grow, but if you do practice California weed growing without it, you risk getting arrested for illegal growing.

Steps to California Weed Growing

  • Talk to a doctor about your condition. A doctor will need to write a recommendation. To find a California doctor, visit CANORML.
  • Download and read the Marijuana Grow Bible. This is the authority on growing the best marijuana. It will explain how to locate the right seeds and set up a grow room
  • Purchase I Love Growing Marijuana has a large selection of marijuana seeds to choose from.
  • Check local Growing Rules. California Weed growing laws vary by city and county. Check the rules in your area here.
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The Medical Card

You don’t need a medical marijuana card to grow California weed. The card is used to protect growers from arrest. Patients and caregivers can register for the card with the state and show it to police in the event of possible arrest.

For patients who prefer to remain anonymous, some nonprofits, as well as a few prescribing doctors, offer medical cards that are not registered with the state. These cards can provide proof of medical need but may not prevent a police officer from taking your weed.

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How Much Can You Grow?

California weed growing laws are unique because there are actually no official limits on how much weed can be grown. If you have a medical need to grow marijuana, the state assumes that you will grow as much as you need.

Now, some areas in California have challenged this idea, making it illegal to grow, or limiting collective grows, but for the most part, you are okay to grow if a doctor says so.

In fact, California weed growing is so popular that you can enjoy fancy things like hiring a professional weed trimmer! Of course, if you follow my advice in the Marijuana Grow Bible, you can save some money and do it yourself.

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However, people in California like their fancy amenities- including professional cannabis trimming. You can’t really complain about that, can you?

Non-medical use and hash

California has decriminalized marijuana use for non-medical purposes. This means most marijuana charges are not that serious. Those with less than 28.5 grams in their possession only have to pay a fine. The most serious offense in California is for chemically manufacturing hash.

California weed growing for non-medical use is a serious offense; so if possible, grow as a patient or a caregiver to stay out of trouble. Caregivers only need to be at least 18 years old.

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You can forget about buying any type of decent marijuana seeds anywhere in this state. Buy the best seeds for discrete marijuana growing online. Click here if you live in California and you want to buy marijuana seeds.

Latest Updates

November 2016California Prepares for Legal Growing

October 2016 – California marijuana legalization campaign launches a TV ad communicating responsible use and safeguards.

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  6. By Mike Daniel

    ,15 Nov 2016
    I am interested in growing a couple of plants in Southern California. I live on a 4 1/2 acre avocado grove with high trees. I currently have a raised bed garden (fenced) next to the house with high trees around […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,16 Nov 2016
      Hi Mike, your case is quite specific and I wouldn’t dare give you advise. Best check with local authorities on this.
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    2. By Ted

      ,07 Jan 2017
      Mike, depending on your county there may be restrictions. Under prop 64, as long as its not visible to the public you are ok.
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  7. By Lee

    ,05 Jan 2017
    I am looking into growing a few plants in California with the new laws not requiring a medical license. I want to sell to local medical dispensaries and eventually retail locations when legal (of course no more than six plants). […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,05 Jan 2017
      Hi Lee, selling without a state licensed permit is considered a misdemeanor in California and can be punished with 6 months incarceration and/or up to a $500 fine. I’m not sure how to get a permit, best check your local […]Read More
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      1. By Lee

        ,06 Jan 2017
        Thanks! I finally found some updated info for California and it looks like retail permits will not be available until January 1st 2018 and they don’t have any info on the cost of it at this time.
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        1. By TheWeedValet

          ,07 Jan 2017
          Lee, you cant sell it yet but you can get paid to set up small scale 6 plant grows for others. Figure the cost then double it and you can make a good business.
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  8. By Andre

    ,28 Jan 2017
    Are you allowed to grow in California if you own firearms? Who might have legal issues with it, ex. police or Feds? Can firearms be stored in an unconnected garage?
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,30 Jan 2017
      Hey Andre, there’s a lot of talk about gun permits and marijuana use. I’m not sure what the latest status is. Best check up with your local authorities.
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  9. By Gilgamesh

    ,05 Feb 2017
    Can someone please clarify if the California limit of 6 plants can still be bumped up to as many as 99 for good cause? My doctor certifies me to grow up to 50 ladies and posses up to 5 pounds […]Read More
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  10. By Roberta smith

    ,11 Feb 2017
    how many pot plants can one legally in the city of rohnert park California with intent to sell. Neighbor next door is growing 100 or more to sell illegally and has a nursery in his garage. They are renters
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  11. By Boogie Cousins

    ,11 Feb 2017
    Very clear instructions. Thank you Admin. Also, rule number one, don’t tell anyone your’e growing!You can’t trust people nowadays!
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  12. By Joseph

    ,04 Mar 2017
    “California is unique in that there is no limit on the amount of marijuana you can grow.” 2. “The legal limit is 6 plants for medical purposes per person.” Huh???
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  14. By Beasle

    ,12 Mar 2017
    I live on 10 acres and have some renters that stay on the property also. Let’s say 6 adults live here…are we allowed 36 plants?
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,13 Mar 2017
      Hi Beasle, it’s 6 per property, not per person
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  15. By steven bustamante

    ,25 Mar 2017
    me and my girlfriend we can grow up 12 plants of marijuana in temecula california
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    1. By Jeff

      ,28 Jul 2017
      Steven, only indoors. Riverside Co doesn’t allow outdoor grows
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  16. By Edward Telles

    ,13 Apr 2017
    If my wife and I both have California medical recs can we grow 12 plants in los Angeles county
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,14 Apr 2017
      Hi Edward, as far as I’ve learned the restriction is per household. But you may want to check that locally. – I❤️GM
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  17. By Don Schwenke

    ,24 Apr 2017
    My question is how many people can you grow for. I live on property but my brother and sister both live in apartments. Can I grow for both of them. Is there a limit on how many caretakers is my […]Read More
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    1. By Art

      ,18 May 2017
      No more than six plants may be cultivated at a single private residence (i.e., you and your spouse can cultivate no more than six plants total, as opposed to six plants each, at your home). HS 11358 after Proposition 64 […]Read More
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  18. By Todd Hicks

    ,28 Apr 2017
    What about in tehama county I can’t seem to find the laws for my county “can I do six outdoors”
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  19. By Jeff

    ,01 May 2017
    Is a green house ok in CA I read in an enclosed structure ?
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,01 May 2017
      Yup! As long as you can lock it – I❤️GM
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  20. By Stevie

    ,06 Jun 2017
    What is the consequence of growing a single plant outdoors in a locked yard obscured from public view? Fine? Charges? In SoCal.
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  21. By Christine LaBeach

    ,18 Jun 2017
    Can you grow in an RV if its your primary residence? In California?
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,19 Jun 2017
      Hi Christine, I’m not sure if that count’s towards a household. Best verify that locally. – I❤️GM
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  22. By Larry

    ,19 Jun 2017
    If you have a charge for weed in another state and complete your probationary period and move to California and owner property’s can you still get a grow card?
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  23. By Mike

    ,28 Jul 2017
    I live in a townhome in Duarte CA. Our upstairs master bedroom has a large sun deck perfect for growing. Would I have to worry about my neighbors, and do I need permission from our association board members to grow? […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,28 Jul 2017
      I’m not sure if Duarte allows outdoor growing but if they do you should be set. People may complain about the smell come flowering time though 😀
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      1. By Nene M.

        ,03 Dec 2018
        Hey In palmdale ca. In a 2.5 acree house A greenhouse its ok to grow is inside a fence And has a lock Its ok to grow 70 plants with a doctors letter that said yo uh can grow up […]Read More
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  24. By Chances

    ,02 Aug 2017
    Need prop 64 clarification on growing in back yard. If your city has no bans on growing up to 6 plants on your property for personal use, can you grow them openly in your private back yard with a locked […]Read More
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  25. By Steve

    ,03 Aug 2017
    How does the law effect the amount of plants medical patients can grow?
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  26. By Sean

    ,04 Aug 2017
    If my wife and I both have our dr’s recs can we legally grow 12 plants indoors? I understand prop 64 means we can legally grow 6 indoors per household but I was under the impression it’s 6 per patient/6 […]Read More
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  27. By Chances

    ,05 Aug 2017
    Does anyone know the answer to my question above, can I grow in my private backyard with a locked gate or do they have to be in a structure (my city has no restrictions…yet). Been trying to find an answer […]Read More
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    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,07 Aug 2017
      Hi Chances, this is what I deduct from the article: “people should not be able to see your plants unless you live in a place that doesn’t care and it’s just your neighbors – and they don’t mind. However, growing […]Read More
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  28. By Kurt

    ,10 Aug 2017
    Southern California is in a huge battle,and know one is telling the fine details of the law.It’s up to you the individual to do your your home work. Most of the small towns want no growing anywhere.Riverside county has a […]Read More
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  29. By FirstTimer

    ,14 Aug 2017
    Interesting situation: I have a recommendation, so I can grow whatever I need personally. Prop 215 sets no limits and the State Supreme Court threw out the Prop 420 hard limits. If I need to exceed the 6+12 rule by […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,18 Aug 2017
      FirstTimer, I recommend you contact your local community Medical dispensary or agriculture dept. I cannot keep up with Cali. laws. They change all the time and local municipalities can vary limits and such from county to county. Some states allow […]Read More
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  30. By Chances

    ,16 Aug 2017
    Thanks for the response Roy. If a neighbor (or anyone else) were to see the plants, he/she would have to go on to my property and peek over a 6′ block wall. That would be unacceptable to me since I […]Read More
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  31. By latewood_ILGM

    ,18 Aug 2017
    Oregon has towns and cities that have banned outdoor growing. A bunch of BS if you ask me! 😉
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  32. By Steve

    ,18 Aug 2017
    My city in So. Cal bans growing weed outdoors. But is a greenhouse in the yard considered indoors?
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,28 Aug 2017
      Steve, Your question is better suited to be asked to local authorities than in this International blog. With the ever changing legislation in Cali., and other states allowing Cannabis; It is hard to keep up with local laws. I cannot […]Read More
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  33. By cisco

    ,21 Aug 2017
    i Got a permit to have no more then 99 plants in Orange county is it legal or illegal to have this many indoor growing
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,28 Aug 2017
      cisco, If your state allows you to have 99 plants; “That says it all”. Happy growing.
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  34. By Don

    ,25 Sep 2017
    Do you have a list of counties and cities that allow outdoor or indoor grow
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,28 Sep 2017
      Don, I suggest you contact your State for the limits on growing in your area. Norml.org has good info also. 🙂
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  35. By Wendy

    ,12 Oct 2017
    Can you grow plants in California if you have children in the home part time? If you are growing in your RV?
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,17 Oct 2017
      Wendy, Yes you can; However, it is best to check your state laws and especially County, City, and Townships. IN Cali… each local government can change restrictions or whatever, whenever they want. Hope it all works out.
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  36. By Nik

    ,17 Oct 2017
    We are 2 adults planning to grow marijuana at our residence(condo-renting). I understand we can grow 6 plants each. So total of 12 plants? Or there is a limit per house 9 plants? Also how do we check our city […]Read More
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  37. By latewood_ILGM

    ,18 Oct 2017
    Nik, You can each grow 6 for a total of 12 but, do this to confirm your rights. Go to your local town website, and look it up. Or go to county website and look it up. You have to […]Read More
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  38. By MarieG

    ,31 Oct 2017
    Hey, I’d like to know if I can ask someone to grow my plants for me (for money) as I don’t have the time and don’t know how to do it.
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  39. By Ribert Burns

    ,02 Dec 2017
    Thanks for the forum. I have a question can my wife and I grow 6 plants in our home ? for a total of 12?
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  40. By Charles Cameron

    ,10 Jan 2018
    City of Auburn just passed their ordinance. My concern is they limited the grow to 6 plants per residence for recreational and medical use. How does that not contravene the law allowing as much medical marijuana as you require, under […]Read More
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  41. By Julie mccarthy

    ,22 Jan 2018
    Can some one please help me. I am a senior with rhuematoid arthritis , my doctor has given me a letter to buy cannibus. I have no idea as I look at all if the plants which one to buy […]Read More
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    1. By Stacy ILGM

      ,22 Jan 2018
      Hi Julie, I can advise you to take a look in the following strain selection: https://shop.ilovegrowingmarijuana.com/collections/medical
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  42. By XXyz

    ,15 Mar 2018
    The article starts off saying everyone over the age of 21 can legally grow marijuana if they discreet and follow some simple laws. Toward the end of the article, the writer writes (and I have cut-and pasted the comment) “Even […]Read More
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    1. By Stacy ILGM

      ,16 Mar 2018
      We are truly sorry, we overlooked and forgot to update the last part. We will look in to it and update it shortly!
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  43. By Julie Farrell

    ,19 Mar 2018
    Hi, I’m a writer living in Scotland and I’m researching for a book that I’m setting in Redding, CA. I wish to have one of my characters growing marijuana for the purposes of helping those in her community who need […]Read More
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  44. By Jade

    ,20 Mar 2018
    What steps and processes do I have to go through to legally sell my weed to dispensaries?
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  45. By Rigo

    ,11 May 2018
    Hi my name is rigo and I have a question I know some people that want to rent a piece of my property to grow marijuana is that legal
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    1. By chris

      ,17 Jun 2018
      Hello, I was curious to know whether or not it is currently legal for someone to pay rent to grow their plants in a warehouse?
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  46. By Mary Jo

    ,21 May 2018
    My doctor has licensed me for up to 99 plants. Then I’ve heard that doesn’t matter because the high desert (Inland Empire) only allows 6. I have 36 starts in a locked green house surrounded by pinons and junipers. Are […]Read More
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Sep 2018
      Mary Jo, The laws in Cali. are so messed up due to the state allowing localities to adapt laws to there own standards. This is a problem. I cannot give you legal advice but, I can say; If you are […]Read More
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  47. By Roy

    ,23 Sep 2018
    wHERE CAN i FIND THE SPECIFIC LAWS IN MY CITY THAT APPLY TO GROWING AND POSSESION OF MARIJUANA? i LIVE IN cALIFORNIA
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    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Sep 2018
      Roy, This info is located on the State, County, and Local websites. You can try NORML.org but that is not always up to date. Best to call your local government and ask 🙂
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