How-To Get a Medical Marijuana Card Online in Rancho Cucamonga, California

Rancho Cucamonga is one of the oldest settlements in California, its namesake being the Kukamongan Native Americans who settled in and around current day Rancho around 1200 A.D. And though “Suns out, guns out” could be a motto for the city, which boasts close to 300 days of sunshine a year, Rancho Cucamonga’s conservatism is evident when looking at city ordinances regulating cannabis for medicinal and recreational use.

Despite what pop-culture has told you, you won’t find TelAmeriCorps or the Burr-Weed-O in this Inland Empire city. Instead, the colloquially named “Hollywood East” is an example of how, despite California’s openness and mainstreaming of cannabis culture, there is a disconnect between state, county and city regulations regarding the flower. Rancho Cucamonga remains a city with a hardline stance w/r/t cannabis that function as a hindrance in the fight for accessible medical and recreational marijuana.

History of MMJ in Rancho

As was alluded to a moment ago, like many of the cities in San Bernardino County, Rancho Cucamonga exemplifies the disconnect between local MMJ and recreational cannabis rules and regulations and statewide initiatives regarding the flower as per Proposition 64. Though on the state level, recreational cannabis has been decriminalized, cities are still able to maintain their own set of ordinances that can sometimes clash with state laws. Rancho is one of said cities, which, at least on the governmental level, maintains that since nationally marijuana is a Schedule I drug, laws should reflect that on the local level and should chastise the public nuisance.

Rancho banned brick-and-mortar as well as mobile medical marijuana dispensaries as far back as 2007. Further solidifying their stance against cannabis culture, or rather, fear of the “negative effects of cannabis” the city doubled-down on their stance and banned dispensaries of any kind in 2008. These laws became the bedrock of current MMJ and recreational marijuana laws.

However, whether due to negligence or oversight, the 2008 law didn’t address delivery services that operated in Rancho Cucamonga, and as such, there was a time when the Rancho delivery service was booming. This has changed in recent years, going as so far as to prohibit even medical marijuana cultivation and use even by a qualified medical professional. The law in question was Ordinance 884, which was passed in December of 2015 as a stopgap measure in case larger medical and recreational marijuana reforms were passed. Ordinance 884-A was then put into place in January of 2016, which reinforced and reiterated the ban for this year.

Rancho City Council maintains that their position against MMJ is purely for the good of the city, and law enforcement has been cited as saying that due negative impacts on public safety, and larger societal impacts. This is the line, despite the law enforcement and government officials having visited many other cities that legalized the plant and have had no such negative impact. In fear of the commercialization aspects of proposition 64, the city council even unanimously voted (4-0 with one member abstaining) to formal oppose proposition in September of 2016 (ahead of even the election and passage of Proposition 64 in November). This fear of cannabis is evident and affects the medical marijuana businesses in Rancho Cucamonga.

Getting a MMJ Card in Rancho

Like all residents of California over the age of 21, you are entitled to and required to have a Medical Marijuana (MMJ) card to legally purchase marijuana as a medication (and, since the passage of Proposition 64, in a recreational capacity). The old-school way to get an MMJ card is through a doctor’s recommendation. Several online services like Yelp, Leafly, and Weedmaps provide directories of nearby medical professionals who are willing to recommend cannabis as a treatment. The absence of brick-and-mortar MMJ doctors in Rancho Cucamonga shouldn’t stop you from getting an MMJ card and enjoying the benefits of high-quality, legal weed.

Though you can easily find a doctor in neighboring Riverside or San Bernardino, the quickest way to get a medical marijuana card is online. NuggMD simplifies this process and acts as a one-stop shop for all things MMJ. With just a few keystrokes from the comfort of your home or office, Nugg gives you access to a network of board certified physicians that will speak to you and help you get a medical card. The entire process takes about 25 minutes and signing up with the service even entitles you to discounts at dispensaries and reminders for when you should renew your (yearly) MMJ card.

Procuring Buds in Rancho

Not as easy as having your very own Karl show up (last Workaholics reference, we swear), Rancho proper doesn’t have any cannabis dispensaries that could help you with your medical needs. If you sign up with our service, we will keep you up to date on delivery services in Rancho and give you access to special deals from our partnered delivery services.

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Trending strains in Rancho

Despite prohibitive MMJ laws on the books, cannabis culture in SoCal is booming. A cursory glance at MeetUp and other websites show large communities of marijuana enthusiasts forming groups, even in cities like Rancho where cannabis is largely illegal. Some of the most popular strains in the city are:

  • Blue Dream (sativa)
  • Girl Scout Cookies (hybrid)
  • Sour Diesel (Sativa)
  • Northern Lights (Indica)
  • Cherry Pie (Hybrid)
  • Chocolope (Sativa)

Things to do while medicated

After procuring some medicinal (or recreational) buds, Rancho is quite a lovely city to enjoy the sunshine and nature or do something more off the beaten path. TripAdvisor has been an excellent resource for finding out all that Rancho Cucamonga has to offer. Here are a couple of our favorites:

North Etiwanda Preserve

Whether you want to picnic, bike ride, or go for a hike, North Etiwanda Preserve is one of those places that makes you feel one with nature. Try a waterfall hike at the Etiwanda Falls or the Sapphire Falls. There’s nothing quite as anodyne as listening to water while medicated.

See a Rancho Cucamonga Quakes baseball game

The L.A. Dodgers minor league affiliate plays out of Rancho. Enjoy some baseball with your buds (pun intended) at the Rancho Cucamonga Epicenter for a fun, carefree afternoon.

Cucamonga Service Station and Route 66

The Cucamonga Service Station is now a museum along the historic Route 66. Think “Cars” the film but in real life. Cruising the road and stopping into the museum would be a great way to celebrate Rancho’s storied past while taking in a slice of Americana.

And, due to Rancho’s central location, not only is Los Angeles nearby, but the neighboring towns of Ontario, Pomona, Chino Hills and Temecula (among others) are just a short ride away.