Public Health Department (PHD)




  • Participation in this program is voluntary; patients do not need a State-issued Medical Marijuana ID card (MMID) to use marijuana for medical reasons.
  • A valid written physician statement allows patients to use marijuana for medical reasons under the protections of Section 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code and patients can present a valid written physician statement to law enforcement personnel. However, the patient may be detained until proof of authenticity can be established.
  • The State MMID card is an efficient way for law enforcement personnel to identify approved patients when questioned about marijuana and/or marijuana plant possession.
  • The State ID card is recognized by all California county law enforcement personnel, and does not guarantee protection from the law if you do not follow the guidelines. Possession and distribution of marijuana is a Federal offense and individuals in CA in possession of marijuana for medical use have been prosecuted.
  • Public Health Department (PHD) Vital Records staff will accept and verify MMID card application information (PHD staff have 30 business days to process).
  • All applicants must meet the following criteria in order to apply:
    • Must provide proof of identity
    • Proof of residency - must be a Santa Barbara County resident
    • Each card is good for one year the cost is: non-Medi-Cal recipients: $42.00; Medi-Cal recipients: $21.00 (with proof of eligibility) *No credit cards are accepted in the Santa Maria location*
    • Valid written physician statement
  • Applications will go through a verification process and information will be forwarded to the State Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) for card issuance.
  • The State typically sends the ID card back within one work week.
  • Once the PHD receives the card back from the State (PHD staff has 5 days in which to contact applicant to come pick up the card).
  • When applying for a Caregiver card, the Patient must accompany their Caregiver.
  • Each Caregiver card represents one, and only one, Patient.
  • Each Caregiver/Patient card requires full payment of $42.00.
  • The PHD may deny an application because: 1) applicant did not provide all the required information, 2) staff determined some of the submitted information was false, or 3) the applicant did not meet the required criteria: Health and Safety Code: Section 11362.74 (a).
  • An appeals process for denied applications is available.
  • HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE SECTION 11362.77. (a) A qualified patient or primary caregiver may possess no more than eight ounces of dried marijuana per qualified patient. In addition, a qualified patient or primary caregiver may also maintain no more than six mature or 12 immature marijuana plants per qualified patient.
  • The Public Health Department does not distribute marijuana as part of this program.

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9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For more information, please call (805) 681-5150