What does adult use mean?
The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64) was a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California that passed with 57% voter approval and became law on November 9, 2016, leading to recreational cannabis sales in January 2018 for adults aged 21 and over.
What are the qualifications for making adult use purchases?
All adults 21 and older will be eligible to purchase. Customers will need to present a valid government-issued photo ID when entering the dispensary.
Are there purchase limits for adult use?
Columbia Care will allow up to one ounce of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrates to be purchased once per day in accordance with California’s possession laws.
How will medical patients be affected?
Persons 18 years of age or older may access Columbia Care with a valid physician’s recommendation. Medical patients that are registered with the California MMIC program are also exempt from the State’s Cannabis Excise Tax (but not local cannabis or sales taxes).
Where does the cannabis come from?
All cannabis at Columbia Care is produced and distributed by licensed cultivators and manufacturers regulated by the State of California. All licensed cultivation centers in California are carefully regulated by the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) and/or California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). All licensed cannabis manufacturers are regulated by the BCC and/or California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and must follow strict guidelines to ensure product safety. Dispensaries may not acquire marijuana products from any source other than the licensed and regulated facilities.
How do I get a medical marijuana recommendation and make purchases?
There are several qualified physicians in San Diego and online that can determine your eligibility for a medical marijuana recommendation.
For more details on how to register for a Medical Marijuana ID Card (MMIC), visit: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/mmic/how_to_apply.html
What are the qualifying conditions for a MMIC?
AIDS, Anorexia, Arthritis, Cachexia, Cancer ,Chronic Pain, Glaucoma, Migraine, Seizures, Severe nausea, Persistent muscle spasms, Any other chronic or persistent medical condition that either limits their ability to conduct one or more major life activity as defined by the American Disability Act of 1990 or
may cause harm if not alleviated.
Are doctors required to make determinations about appropriate dosage?
No. Program rules already limit the patients allowable supply. Dispensary staff assist patients in understanding dosage and product characteristics. The physician’s responsibility is to determine whether or not to issue the marijuana for medical use recommendation except in limited circumstances whereby a physician may determine that a patient needs more than the allowable supply.
I have a medical marijuana recommendation from another state. Can I use it to purchase medicine in California?
Out-of-state medical marijuana cards are not accepted in California, however any adult age 21 and over may purchase at our dispensary with a valid ID.
How much medical marijuana are patients allowed to possess?
A qualified patient (or his/her primary caregiver) may possess no more than eight ounces of dried cannabis, or whatever amount of cannabis is consistent with the patient’s needs according to the patient’s physician’s recommendation.
What discounts do you offer?
Columbia Care has instituted several discount programs that will be offered to all certified medical patients who meet the following criteria:
Senior Discount: A 10% discount on all purchases for Seniors 65+
Military Veteran Discount: A 10% discount on purchases with military ID
Terminally Ill Discount: A 25% discount on purchases. This discount requires a signed note from treating physician in an ongoing relationship with the patient.
I’ve never been to a medical marijuana dispensary. How does it work?
A medical marijuana dispensary is a simple, secure facility designed to provide access for patients to receive their medicine in a safe, welcoming environment. Qualified patients or their caregivers must present their medical marijuana recommendation and state-issued ID cards at the door. No one else is permitted to enter the establishment other than registered employees attending to the facility. Once inside, patients are greeted by a friendly staff who are trained to answer questions about the medicine and helps the patient make decisions based on the patient’s individual health needs. The patient or caregiver then makes their selection, purchases the medicine, and exits. Security staff monitor events inside and outside the facility.
Will my insurance cover medical marijuana?
No. Insurance will not cover medical marijuana at this time.
What do I need to bring with me?
If you are over the age of 21, please bring a government-issued photo ID card.
Medical patients need to bring the following to the dispensary:
Doctor’s Medical Marijuana Recommendation and a valid ID
CA Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC)
What forms of payment do you accept?
Currently, we only accept cash. We do have an ATM on site for your convenience.
Are walk-ins welcome?
What are your store hours?
Columbia Care is open from 10am-7pm, Tuesday-Sunday.
We are currently closed on Mondays for maintenance.
What are the different types of marijuana?
We offer a variety of strains, which have been carefully selected to assist patients with a range of symptoms. Some products can increase energy, while others promote relaxation. Our staff provides guidance based on the patient’s needs and most patients discover certain strains that provide the best relief for their individual symptoms. Patients can also find strain reviews on our online menus.
How much marijuana should a patient take?
Dosage depends on the needs of the individual patient and can vary greatly. Patients experiencing severe chronic pain may consume several moderate to strong doses per day, while patients seeking help with appetite or sleep may sometimes only require a smaller single dose at the onset of symptoms. We provide our patients with suggestions on how to carefully adjust dosage to achieve the desired effect. Marijuana is fast-acting when inhaled, making it easy for patients to make dosing adjustments until symptoms are relieved.
Are marijuana accessories available at the dispensary?
Yes. We will have a variety of medical marijuana accessories available for purchase, including pipes, vaporizers, rolling papers, and more!