How-To Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online in Modesto, California
Modesto’s place in pop- culture has been immortalized by George Lucas, who grew up in the city. His landmark movie American Graffiti is a tribute to teenage life in the city in the 1950s. Though ganja and iconoclastic culture have always gone hand-in-hand, Modesto remains on the conservative side of the medical (and recreational) marijuana argument. We’ll address the following themes:
- History of MMJ and marijuana laws in Modesto
- Where to find 420-friendly doctors in Modesto
- How to get an MMJ card in the city
- Where (and how) to buy legal, high-quality buds
- Things to do while medicated in Modesto
Medical Marijuana Laws in Modesto
As far as medical marijuana is concerned, a lot of attention has been drawn to the proliferation of illegal MMJ growths both inside the city as well as in the farmlands in surrounding Stanislaus County. For instance,this local news report from 2012 indicates a bust on a farm in the outskirts of the city resulting in confiscation of weed worth $3.6 million. More recently, an even bigger haul worth $12 million was made in a bust on a ranch in Modesto, showing the scale of the problem.
Smaller scale non-commercial cultivation which had been legal in the city, also caused a lot of issues. Attempted burglaries and resulting shootouts in homes with outdoor marijuana cultivation seems to have proliferated in the years when private cultivation was legal in the city. Instances like this one here forced the city Police Department to try and push through legislation to prohibit outdoor MMJ cultivation in city neighborhoods. They had good reason too, since according to this report, 2 out of 3 homicides in Modesto in 2013 were cannabis related.
Further solidifying their stance on medical marijuana, until the passing of the comprehensive Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act by California state legislature in 2015, medical marijuana sale and cannabis dispensaries were illegal in the city while home cultivation by cannabis card holders for personal use was legal. The MMRSA placed a short deadline for all counties and cities in California to pass their own MMJ laws, or cede control to the state in 2016.
So, in January 2016, Stanislaus County chose to place an ordinance prohibiting commercial cultivation of cannabis and sale of medical cannabis via dispensaries. Modesto County went the extra mile, placing a total ban on cannabis cultivation, sale and transport within its city limits, for both commercial grows as well as patients and caregivers. As of late 2016, all MMJ related activities are illegal in Modesto. Even if you have a valid cannabis card, you cannot grow weed legally in your home.
But this is in all probability a very temporary situation, since the city council was already exploring ways to accommodate the rights of patients. And with the success of Proposition 64 in November of 2016, change for the better is inevitable, both in Stanislaus county and Modesto.
Check the City of Modesto official site for the latest updates on cannabis related laws.
How to Get a Cannabis Card Nearby in Modesto (and Why)
As we enter 2017, any activity related to marijuana is prohibited, save for possession for personal use, which is only legal with a valid cannabis card. Thanks to proposition 64, recreational use of cannabis is slated to become legal in California from 2018. But there are huge clouds of doubt hanging above that, since the Federal government still classifies marijuana as a Class I scheduled substance, and the next administration under President Trump doesn’t look too friendly towards decriminalization of weed, to say the least.
If you need access to MMJ in California, your best bet for the foreseeable future is a medical marijuana card to score legal weed. To become eligible for a cannabis card, you need the approval of a qualified medical doctor. Make sure to find medical marijuana doctors near you that would be willing to recommend a cannabis card. Though not all doctors are willing to recommend marijuana as a treatment, there are several 420 friendly doctors and clinics operating in Modesto according to Yelp, Weedmaps, and Leafly.
Once you’ve found a doctor willing to recommend a cannabis card, set up an appointment for a consultation. But why go to all that lengths when you have the ability to apply for an MMJ card online from the comfort of your home? Life is too short to be wasted on such trivialities as standing in queues and fixing appointments (especially if there is an option where you don’t have to do any of those things!)
How to Get Medical Marijuana in Modesto
The city of Modesto has never had a legal MMJ dispensary within city limits thanks to prohibition of commercial sale of medical cannabis in the city, so your only source of medical marijuana in the city was either the illegal dispensaries or the drug dealers. The city has a huge home grower population, which did eventually lead to the 2016 ordinance totally banning cultivation of MMJ in the city.
As things stand, with a cannabis card, possession is legal, but sale and cultivation (even indoor home cultivation for personal use) is outlawed. If you enjoy driving around and browsing dispensary selections in person, make sure to find a certified and legal MMJ dispensary near you.
But, since you have you already have your MMJ card and are already online, why not find a delivery service that delivers to you in Modesto! Nugg partners with dispensaries and delivery services throughout California and is a much more convenient option to get your medication. You can browse the available strains in all local and nearby cannabis dispensaries and order your favorite online. All from the safety, comfort and privacy of your home!
Popular MMJ Strains near Modesto
We know it can be bit daunting figuring out what strains are worthwhile when starting out your medical marijuana journey. Here’s a list of some of our favorite strains in Modesto:
- Blue Dream (Hybrid)
- Jack Herer (Sativa)
- Strawberry Cough (Sativa)
- Chemdawg (Hybrid)
- Grape Ape (Indica)
- White Rhino (Indica)
Things to Do in Modesto After Medicating
At Modesto, you can visit a number of places after taking your daily dose of MMJ. Some notable points of interest are:
1. State Theater
An old school movie theater from the 60s that has been faithfully renovated and restored, this is a great venue to enjoy small concerts, shows and off beat movie screening. The seating is comfortable and the popcorn is great!
2. John Thurman Field
The official ballpark of the local Modesto Nuts, this is the place to hang out on summer evenings if you are baseball fan. Head there to cheer the local team in their minor league games. The view is fun and the food is really good, perfect when you get hit by the munchies.
If you fancy a bit of mini golf or go karting with your friends after medicating, you could head to Funworks! But pass on it if your Kush is too high in THC content, since this is a family oriented place with a lot of kids running around. The ambiance might be a bit of a buzz-kill if you get weirded out by families running around.
4. Vintage Faire Mall
The local mall is always a reliable destination for a decent time after medicating. You could have your fill of food and snacks or head to the movies. If all else fails, you can even sit around and get spaced out. The mall provides all these options and more.