Sonoma County Guidelines

Effective Date. These Guidelines shall be deemed effective as of November 1, 2006.

A. Possession. A qualified patient, or a person holding a valid identification card, or the designated primary caregiver of that qualified patient or person, may possess amounts of marijuana of up to three (3) pounds of dried cannabis or conversion per year.

B. Cultivation. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card or a designated primary caregiver, or primary caregivers or qualified patients whom associate collectively or cooperatively, may also cultivate cannabis in an amount not to exceed more than one-hundred (100) square feet total garden canopy, per qualified patient, as measured by the combined vegetative growth area.

C. Plants. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card or a designated primary caregiver, or primary caregivers or qualified patients whom associate collectively or cooperatively, may cultivate cannabis in an amount not to exceed more than thirty (30) plants per qualified patient. The authorized thirty (30) plants must be grown within the one-hundred (100) square foot total garden canopy per qualified patient.

D. Physician’s Recommendation. A qualified patient or a person holding a valid identification card, or the designated primary caregiver of that qualified patient or person must meet all of the above guidelines unless a qualified medical marijuana patient or primary caregiver has an attending physician’s written, dated and signed recommendation that the quantities described in Subsection A through C of these Guidelines are not sufficient to meet the patient’s needs to treat a serious medical condition. In that instance, the qualified patient or caregiver may possess and/or cultivate an amount of marijuana consistent with the attending physician’s written recommendation. Under these Guidelines, an attending physician’s recommendation or approval shall remain effective not longer than two years from the date of issuance and shall not renew automatically.

E. Posting. The name, designation, and contact information of the qualified medical marijuana patient and/or the primary caregiver shall be and remain posted at any growing site where medical marijuana is being cultivated. In addition, a copy of the physician’s written recommendation, including name of prescribing doctor, shall also be posted if the amount of marijuana cultivated exceeds the amounts stated in Sections A through C of these Guidelines.

F. Primary Caregiver Status. A primary caregiver’s designation and proof of status shall be in the possession of the caregiver whenever he or she possesses or cultivates marijuana under these Guidelines.