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Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program 

The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMICP), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers. Participation by patients and primary caregivers in this identification card program is voluntary. The MMICP Web-based registry allows law enforcement and the public to verify the validity of a qualified patient or primary caregiver's MMICP as authorization to possess, grow, transport, and/or use medical marijuana within California. The verification website is available on the internet .

New Laws and Medical Marijuana  

 In 2015, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law three bills (Assembly Bill 243,  Assembly Bill 266, and Senate Bill 643) that creates a licensing and regulatory framework for medical marijuana. 

For more information on medical marijuana, email the Department of Consumer Affairs' Consumer Information Center at or call (800)-952-5210.  You can also refer to the California Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for both consumers and business licenses. 

The CDPH Office of Medical Cannabis Safety (OMCS) is currently required to develop statewide standards, regulations, licensing procedures, and to address policy issues in support of medical cannabis manufacturers and testing laboratories. CDPH is responsible for issuing Type 6 and Type 7 licenses to manufacturers of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products and Type 8 licenses to testing labs. This is the OMCS website.

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