Common Legal Questions

Yes. In November 2016, California legalized adult-use marijuana. And on January 1, 2018, recreational cannabis sales officially became legal. Adult-use marijuana dispensaries are now open to any adult 21 years of age or older with a valid, government issued ID. Additionally, medical marijuana is legal for patients with qualifying conditions.

What types of cannabis products are available in California?

There are quite a few different types of marijuana and marijuana products available in California. There are hundreds of strains of marijuana flower and concentrate.

In addition to flower and concentrate, there are many different types and varieties of edibles. From gummies to chocolates to hot sauce, there are plenty of options to choose from. There are also topicals, drinks and much more! Visit our California dispensary page to learn more about shops near you!

Can I smoke cannabis in public in California?

No. Smoking or consuming cannabis in public in California is illegal and a punishable offense.

Where can I consume cannabis in California?

Cannabis consumption is only allowed on private property out of sight from public view. This includes: private residences, accessory structures on private grounds that are enclosed and secure from public view, and outdoors on a private residence as long as the city or county does not prohibit such action. It’s always a good rule of thumb to be considerate to everyone around you and always consume legally and discreetly.

Where can I buy marijuana in California?

Adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government issued ID may purchase cannabis from any recreational dispensary in the state. Additionally, medical marijuana dispensaries are open to patients with a valid doctor’s recommendation and medical card.

Can I make my own concentrates in California?

Yes and no. It is illegal to produce marijuana concentrates using a volatile solvent unless you have a proper state-issued license. Volatile substances include:

  • Butane
  • Propane
  • Xylene
  • Styrene
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene
  • Oxygen
  • Hydrogen
  • Methanol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Methylene Chloride
  • Acetone
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Trichloroethylene


While producing concentrates with volatile substances is illegal, it is legal to produce concentrates without a solvent. Rosin extractions that use solely heat and pressure, as well as ice water extraction, are lawful under AUMA. You may only process up to 8 grams of marijuana concentrate at a time.

Can I give cannabis away in California?

Yes, you can, but there are restrictions and limitations. You may give away up to 28.5 grams of marijuana flower and up to 8 grams of marijuana concentrate as long as you receive no compensation whatsoever and the person receiving it is 21 years of age or older.

Can I bring cannabis from California to other states?

No. Crossing state lines with cannabis purchased in California is illegal. Whether flying or driving, taking cannabis with you to other states is a no-go.

Can I grow my own weed in California?

Yes. Under AUMA, California residents are allowed to grow and possess up to six marijuana plants as long as they are kept out of public sight in a locked space.

When will licensed recreational marijuana dispensaries be open in California?

Licensed recreational cannabis dispensaries in California are now open to adults 21 years of age or older with a valid, government issued ID.

– PotGuide

Out of state buyers

Anyone 21 and older can purchase marijuana from a recreational cannabis retailer in California regardless if you’re a resident or from out of state.

Why get a medical recommendation in California

Continuous care

One of the benefits of renewing it is that you can continue your consumption of cannabis products without any interruption. Similar to switching health insurance plans, if you discontinue using your MMJ card, you could face obstacles in obtaining your products. You would also likely face an increase in the amount you spend to obtain your cannabis. By keeping your California MMJ card you can be sure that you won’t face any interference in your cannabis purchases or consumption.

Lower age limit

Now that recreational marijuana usage is legal, users still must be over 21 years of age to purchase or consume cannabis products. However, with a California MMJ card, you only have to be 18 years old to use medical marijuana. This advantage can be very helpful if you’re under 21 but still need to use cannabis products for medical treatment.

More access to dispensaries

With a California MMJ card, you never have to worry about buying your product from a disreputable seller. Cannabis card holders have access to a large number of dispensaries. Instead of purchasing cannabis products from an unknown seller, most medical marijuana dispensaries provide customers with higher-grade strains with a variety of THC:CBD ratios, so you’ll be getting product that is much more effective.

Opportunity to grow your own plants

If you’re interested in growing your own marijuana plants in your home, an MMJ card provides you with less limitations than a recreational grower. If you’re solely growing for recreational uses, you are only permitted to have six mature marijuana plants on your property at any one time. However, with a California MMJ card, you are allowed to grow more plants in any 100-square-foot area on your property. In addition to being able to skip the lines at a dispensary, growing your own plants also gives you the opportunity to grow a variety of strains (whichever best fits your particular medical needs) and ends up saving you money in the long-run.

Less overall restrictions

Although marijuana is now legal in California, there are still many restrictions in place in regards to using and growing cannabis products. If you’re solely using marijuana for recreational purposes, you can’t carry and use your cannabis products as freely as you can if you own an MMJ card. For example, recreational users are limited to one ounce of flower (or eight grams of cannabis concentrates) at a time, while users with an MMJ card can buy and carry as much cannabis as their treatment requires. Even edibles have restrictions for recreational users (with only 10mg of individual doses allowed at a time). If you have a California MMJ card, however, you’re able to buy and grow more product, in addition to having access to higher strength and better quality cannabis.

Can save you money

Last, but not least, perhaps the biggest benefit to having an MMJ card is the ability to save lots of cash. There are some minimal costs upfront to get a cannabis card, but it’s well worth it. If you’re interested in obtaining an MMJ card, you can apply for one for around $66 (or just $50 if you’re enrolled in Medi-Cal). There can be slight differences in price depending on the county you’re in, but there’s a cap of $100 for the entire application process. Then, you can either make a visit to a doctor’s office or do an online assessment for around $45-$150. Once you’ve completed the initial application, every year after, you’ll only pay between $25 and $40 to renew your MMJ card annually.

After you’ve obtained your MMJ card, you’ll be able to access major savings since you don’t ever have to pay sales tax on your medical marijuana products. Without a cannabis card, you’d be paying around 14–20% more for your cannabis purchases. For example, with a purchase of around $250 of product, you’d be charged a sales tax of 15% – which adds up to an extra $37.50 to your total! Cannabis card holders, on the other hand, can nix the sales tax and see their savings add up quickly.

MMJ card holders can also discover savings when they shop at medical marijuana dispensaries. These dispensaries (versus recreational stores) often give their customers a multitude of ways to save money, with everything from coupons and special deals to store credit bonuses and rewards programs. Being a loyal customer can often mean you’ll rack up even more significant savings. Some dispensaries even offer discounts for customers that refer other shoppers to them. So, with these extra savings and skipping the sales tax, having an MMJ card just makes financial sense!

There are many significant benefits to owning a California MMJ card in 2018. You can save money and face less restrictions on your usage. Plus, with a super-easy application process and minimal upfront costs, there’s basically no reason you shouldn’t obtain a cannabis card right away!



How do I order

To order marijuana with MDS you must place your order through our application here.

Most menu items are available for delivery however some items are only available for pick up. Before completing your order please double check the bottom of your screen which will say either “delivery” or “pick up only”.

Confirm which method you would like to use to purchase product and close out your cart by finalizing payment.

Canceling orders

If you would like to cancel an order with MDS you may simply call or text customer service at 323.694.0581 and let us know. We will immediately cancel your order and refund you in full, no questions asked.

Do I need a doctor's recommendation

No. You do not need a doctor’s recommendation to order from MDS. We have BCC permits to sell marijuana to medical patients and recreational adult-use retail consumers.

How can we collaberate

MDS has been highly networked in the California cannabis industry since 2007. We pride ourselves on connecting like-minded people, building relationships and creating win-win situations for cannabusinesses around the world.

One way we connect is by backlinking to our friends on our link partners page here.

Another way we connect is in more personal ways. We have a Patreon account which is dedicated to such relationship building.

We have many social media accounts dedicated to networking, communicating, sharing and collaborating with other cannabis businesses and advocates. Those account links can be found at the bottom of each MDS page in our footer column.

If you have a cannabis company and are interested in collaborating please contact us. 

Is MDS hiring

Yes. MDS is always looking for great talent to add to our ranks. If you are interested in joining our team you may email us here and tell us your story.

Is MDS looking for investors

Yes. We are open to conversations with serious investors, private equity firms and institutional entities.