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    Visiting a Dispensary in Sacramento, CA

    Sacramento is a fun, vibrant city with a modern vibe. Its blend of gorgeous natural parks and bustling neighborhoods is the perfect fit for cannabis seekers, as recreational and medical marijuana use is legal citywide for both residents and visitors. 

    The Lowdown on Sacramento Cannabis Laws

    California was the first to legalize medical marijuana with the Compassionate Use Act of 1994. In 2016, the state made recreational use legal with The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64. While it’s not legal to cultivate or manufacture cannabis in Sacramento County, it’s legal to purchase from one of many authorized dispensaries in the city. 

    Recreational Cannabis Laws in Sacramento

    Sacramento residents over the age of 21 can legally:

    • Possess up to 1 ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis in any form

    • Grow up to 6 plants for both medical and personal recreational use

    • Use edibles continuing up to 10 milligram of THC, which must be stored and labeled in childproof packaging 

    Visitors to the city may also use and possess recreational marijuana under the same legal stipulations. 

    Medical Cannabis Laws in Sacramento

    Licensed patients and caregivers are allowed to cultivate marijuana legally. Generally, patients may grow cannabis plants within 100 square feet or less, while primary caregivers can cultivate up to 500 square feet, covering up to five patients. 

    How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Sacramento

    While it’s not required to have a medical marijuana card to purchase medicinal cannabis in Sacramento, patients can obtain one if they prefer. The card is called the Sacramento County Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC), and can be granted by:

    • Completing an application (form CDPH 9042); for those applying as a caregiver, the separate caregiver section is required

    • Providing proof of identification, (such as a driver’s license issued by the state, or any other valid government-issued photo identification card)

    • Providing proof of residency, (such as a motor vehicle registration card, mortgage or rental agreements, or a utility bill)

    • Providing a written statement from a licensed doctor, or form CDPH 9044, that recommends the use of medical marijuana as an appropriate treatment for the individual’s condition

    • Providing their physician’s contact information, including their full name and California medical license number

    It’s possible to pick up a packet to be filled out at the Sacramento County Office of Vital Records located on East Parkway, or to complete the application online. 

    Patients with or without an MMIC can purchase medical marijuana. While doctors can’t directly prescribe cannabis for ailments, they can recommend that a patient is able to obtain it for medical use for conditions such as:

    • Arthritis

    • Cancer

    • Anorexia

    • AIDS/HIV

    • Chronic pain

    • Glaucoma

    • Migraines 

    Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in Sacramento

    It’s legal to buy and use marijuana on personal property. It’s not legal to smoke cannabis in public—this carries a fine, which is increased if the person using cannabis is within 1,000 feet of a youth center, daycare, or school when children are on the property. 

    How to Buy Cannabis at a Sacramento Dispensary

    It’s legal to buy cannabis in dispensaries, which are located throughout the city. Most dispensaries are open until 10pm, and many allow for curbside pickup, online ordering, and delivery service. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The average price of an 8th in Sacramento 

    The average price of an 8th in Sacramento is $75. Some of the strains at this price include Tropicanna, White Walker OG, Cereal Milk, Gross, and Apple Fritter. Other strains include Pineapple OG at $55, Purple Punch at $30, Gelato at $25, Double Cup at $50, King's Cake at $40, Fosilato at $30, Creme Brulee at $25, Pinot Noir at $20, and Dos Fuegos at $62.

    The most popular strain in Sacramento

    The most popular strain in Sacramento is Purple Punch. It's an indica-dominant classic with a sweet fruity taste. Gelato is another preferred strain in Sacramento. It's also an indica-dominant hybrid, emitting a sweet fruity scent with hints of citrus, berries, and lavender.

    Laws and regulations in Sacramento

    • Adults 21 years or older can grow, harvest, and possess cannabis products.

    • Residents can cultivate up to six cannabis plants indoors only.

    • Adults 21 years or older may possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) and up to eight ounces of cannabis concentrates. 

    • It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis. 

    • It's illegal to transport cannabis across state lines or waterways.

    Flower/concentrate/edible possession limit in Sacramento

    Adults 21 years or older are allowed to possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. Individuals are permitted to cultivate up to six cannabis plants in locked facilities that are not visible to the public. People found with an excess amount of cannabis will be arrested for violation of the law.

    Difference between a storefront and a dispensary 

    A storefront offers cannabis products to consumers to purchase without medical necessity. A dispensary provides cannabis products to patients to relieve medical symptoms or chronic health conditions. 

    In a storefront, consumers don't need a medical marijuana card to purchase cannabis products. On the other hand, patients need medical marijuana cards to buy cannabis products in a dispensary.

    Difference between adult-use, or recreational, and medical marijuana

    Adult-use, or recreational, cannabis is consumed without medical necessity, while medical marijuana is used to treat chronic conditions.

    Adult-use cannabis may be used without medical instruction from a physician and without a diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition. Medical marijuana has guidelines from a qualified physician on how they should be taken so that the patient can achieve set goals or relieve symptoms.

    Medical patient benefits in Sacramento 

    • Medical marijuana products are exempted from sales tax, making them more affordable for medical marijuana patients.

    • Medical marijuana patients may possess up to eight ounces (226.8 grams) of cannabis compared to one ounce (28.5 grams) for adult consumers. 

    • With an MMJ card, patients may grow up to twelve plants with no more than six plants mature or flowering at any given time.

    • Adult-use consumers must be 21 or older to purchase cannabis products, however, qualified medical marijuana patients may purchase medical marijuana products at the age of 18 with an MMJ card.  

    Medical marijuana information in Sacramento

    Medical marijuana patients should be residents of Sacramento and show proof of residency with a valid government-issued ID. 

    A bank statement, utility bill, or any other document that proves the patient is a Sacramento resident can work if the patient has no ID. 

    Patients must have medical records from a licensed doctor indicating the diagnosed debilitating condition. You can meet the doctor in person to confirm if you have a qualifying medical condition or resort to online medical evaluation with a registered telemedicine clinician. 

    Once you get the medical marijuana recommendation, you report to the California Department of Health in Oakland, where you are enrolled in the Medical Marijuana Program.

    You will then receive a valid medical marijuana card that can be renewed online when it expires.

    Patients below 18 years old with a diagnosed medical condition can qualify for a medical marijuana card. However, they have to be accompanied by a caregiver.

    Where does the Sacramento tax revenue go? 

    Sacramento has a 5% local cannabis business tax, and a 15% excise tax is paid on all purchases. Laws can vary by location, so check with the health department to be safe. 

    The Sacramento tax revenue is used to fund Cannabis Equity Programs. These programs are designed to help low-income people, including ex-convicts of cannabis crimes to succeed in the legal cannabis business. The local government awards loans, grants, technical and business support to the beneficiaries.

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