How To Become A Marijuana Caregiver In California?
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The state of California is quite progressive when it comes to expanding its medical marijuana program with every passing year. A clear example of this progression is the expansion of medical marijuana caregiver responsibilities which now allows caregivers to take an active part in maintaining the well-being of medical marijuana patients. Now, let’s talk about how you can become a marijuana caregiver in California.

Primary Marijuana Caregiver in California Responsibilities

As per California’s Compassionate Use Act (CUA), a marijuana caregiver has the following core responsibilities at hand,

  • Must aid the patient in consuming cannabis by providing them with the required dosage.
  • Must possess and store medical cannabis on behalf of the patient.
  • Transport a legal amount of medical cannabis for a patient’s use on behalf of the patient.
  • Help in cannabis cultivation/growth within the personal residence of the patient as long as the patient qualifies for cannabis cultivation and no cannabis plants are in the mature stage exceeding the state-set limit.

How Much Cannabis Can a Marijuana Caregiver Possess or Grow?

As per state law, the caregiver can possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana concentrates. The state also allows the caregivers to grow 6 mature or 12 immature cannabis plants on behalf of the patient. It is important to note that a physician can approve for a higher possession limit so the patient’s cannabis intake requirement must be fulfilled.

Caregiver Requirements in California

  • The caregiver must be 18 or older unless the caregiver is an emancipated minor and is a parent to a minor patient who is eligible for a medical cannabis card in California.
  • The caregiver will have to pay the $100 application fee to the relevant state authority in order to obtain a caregiver license.
  • Must be able to provide the personal and necessary information required by the competent authority to process the caregiver’s application.

Can a Caregiver Care for More Than One Patient in California?

Yes, a caregiver can care for more than one patient in California as long as the patient and the caregiver reside in the same county.

How to Apply and Become a Cannabis Caregiver in California?

  1. A qualifying patient must check a box on the patient registration form declaring that they require the services of a primary caregiver.
  2. The caregiver will then be required to provide his/her contact details in the given section.
  3. The caregiver also needs to declare any other patient that they are caring for in the same county or a different county.
  4. The caregiver must also declare whether he/she is associated with a medical healthcare facility or clinic.
  5. In the end, the caregiver will be asked to provide ID details, proof of application fee payment, and proof of their residence status.

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