Marijuana Dispensaries in Riverside

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Are there Marijuana Dispensaries in Riverside?

No. There are no marijuana dispensaries authorized in Riverside to dispense or sell marijuana in the city. Although Proposition 64 legalizes cannabis in the State of California, the Act permits counties and cities to enact their own laws regarding permitting specific cannabis operations within their jurisdictions. Per Section 19.342.010 of the City of Riverside Code, the City Council finds that the prohibition of all non-commercial and commercial marijuana processing, delivery, and sale is necessary to protect and preserve the public safety, health, and welfare of its residents.

Are there Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in Riverside?

No. There are no approved medical marijuana dispensaries in Riverside, as medical marijuana dispensaries are banned in the city. Pursuant to Section 19.342.020 of the City of Riverside Code, all marijuana sales and dispensaries are prohibited in all zones in the city. The city grants no use permit, building permit, or license for the activities of marijuana sales or delivery or the operation of a marijuana retail store or dispensary.

Can You Buy Cannabis from Online Weed Dispensaries in Riverside?

No. You cannot buy cannabis from online weed dispensaries as there are currently no dispensaries approved to sell cannabis online or at retail storefronts.

Visiting a Dispensary in Riverside

You cannot yet visit a dispensary in Riverside as the city government authorizes no dispensaries to dispense cannabis.

Riverside Dispensary Laws

Dispensaries are prohibited in Riverside. Hence, no specific regulations have been enacted for the establishment or operations of cannabis dispensaries in the city.

Recreational Laws in Riverside

Riverside's recreational laws are slightly different from California's broader recreational cannabis laws. The city has enacted an ordinance that allows it to opt out of legalizing specific cannabis operations within its jurisdiction as permitted under California’s cannabis laws. While the state approves the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sales of cannabis, the City of Riverside prohibits cannabis retail (storefront and delivery), distribution, and manufacturing. However, the city allows cannabis testing establishments to operate in the city.

Per Section 19.342.040 of the City of Riverside Code, residents aged 21 or older may cultivate marijuana (up to six cannabis plants) for personal use but only within their residential structures or other fully enclosed and locked accessory structures located entirely on residential properties owned by them. The cultivation is limited exclusively to the personal use of lawful residents of the properties on which cultivations occur.

Medical Cannabis Laws in Riverside

Riverside's medical marijuana laws prohibit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Per Section 19.342.050 of the City of Riverside Code. Residents may not cultivate marijuana outdoors for medical purposes, and any such cultivation must be done indoors. Persons cultivating marijuana for medical purposes may cultivate up to six mature and twelve immature plants as permitted under California's MAUCRSA.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Riverside

You can obtain a medical marijuana card in Riverside if you apply to the Riverside County Department of Public Health. Medical marijuana cards are issued under California's medical marijuana identification card program (MMICP). However, to be eligible to obtain a medical marijuana card, you must:

  • Reside in Riverside or Riverside County

  • Be aged 18

  • Suffer from at least one of the approved medical conditions, such as AIDS, seizures, cachexia, migraine, chronic pain, anorexia, muscle spasms, and cancer

Applications for medical marijuana cards may be completed via mail or by appointments at the Riverside County Department of Public Health. The Department does not permit applications to be completed by walk-ins. Contact the Department at (888) 358-7932 or (951) 358-7932 to schedule an appointment.

In order to complete a medical marijuana card application, the following will be required:

  • Completed MMICP application form

  • Recommendation Letter signed and dated by your physician within the last 12 months. This recommendation letter must state the medical condition suffered and attest that medical marijuana use is advised. It must carry an original signature of the physician and may be on the business letterhead of the healthcare practitioner. The letter may also be completed on the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) 9044 form

  • A copy of a government-issued photo ID, such as a State of California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV)-issued identification card or driver’s license. Alternatively, you may submit a Veteran's Administration Card or the United States Passport

  • A copy of recent proof-of-residency in a location in Riverside County. The residency proof must be in your name and bear a current physical address in the City of Riverside

  • A copy of your Medi-Cal card if you are a beneficiary

  • Application fee of $87 or $43.50 if you are a Medi-Cal participant. The application fee is payable by money order or cashier's check made payable to the "County of Riverside." Note that the application fee is non-refundable

The county public health department is located at:

4065 County Circle Drive

2nd Floor Room 207

Riverside, CA 92503

Phone: (888) 358-7932

It may take up to 35 days for your medical marijuana identification card to be ready. The medical marijuana card will be mailed to the address listed on your application. For more information on obtaining a medical marijuana card in Riverside, email the county health department at If your application for a medical marijuana card is denied, you can appeal the decision to the California Department of Public Health at no additional cost. Be aware that submitting an application for a medical marijuana identification card is mandatory in order to participate in the medical marijuana identification card program in the state of California.

Where is it Legal to Consume Cannabis in Riverside?

You may only consume cannabis on private properties in Riverside. No consumption may be done out in public view on publicly owned buildings, multi-housing units, workplaces, and federally-owned buildings.

How to Buy Cannabis at a Riverside Dispensary

You cannot yet purchase cannabis in Riverside as cannabis dispensaries are illegal in the city

The Average Price in Riverside

Since cannabis is not yet legally sold in dispensaries in Riverside, the average prices of cannabis and cannabis products are not yet known.

Most Popular Strains in Riverside

Cannabis sales (recreational and medical) are prohibited in the City of Riverside.

Can You Smoke in Public in Riverside?

No. It is illegal to smoke cannabis in public in Riverside

How Much Marijuana Can You Possess at Once in Riverside?

Per Sections 11362.1 and 11362.2 California Health and Safety Code, adults aged 21 or older in Riverside can possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis and grow up to six living cannabis plants at home.

Can I Ship Cannabis in Riverside?

Shipping cannabis across state lines into Riverside is illegal as marijuana remains a prohibited substance federally. Hence, moving from another state (even if marijuana is legal in that jurisdiction) into Riverside may attract a jail term and huge fines.

Can I Order Cannabis Online in Riverside?

No. You cannot yet order cannabis online in Riverside as cannabis dispensaries are prohibited

Are there 24-hour Dispensaries in Riverside?

No. There are no approved weed dispensaries in Riverside

Can Tourists Use Dispensaries in Riverside?

No. Tourists cannot use dispensaries in Riverside as the city places a ban on the operations of cannabis dispensaries.

Do You Need ID for Dispensary in Riverside?

There are no dispensaries authorized to sell weed in Riverside.

Best Dispensaries in Riverside

The City of Riverside has not yet approved the operations of weed dispensaries within its borders

Do Dispensaries Scan your ID in Riverside?

Since cannabis dispensaries are not yet approved in Riverside, no scans are required on customers’ IDs.

How Many Dispensaries are in Riverside

As of this moment, no cannabis dispensaries are approved to operate within Riverside.

Can Dispensaries in Riverside Take Credit Cards?

Cannabis dispensaries do not yet operate in the City of Riverside

How Many Dispensaries Can You Visit in One Day?

There are currently no approved or authorized marijuana dispensaries within the City of Riverside.

Do Dispensaries in Riverside Take Health Insurance?

The City of Riverside does not currently permit marijuana dispensaries to operate within its borders.

Do Dispensaries in Riverside Track How Much Weed You Buy?

The City of Riverside does not currently permit weed dispensaries to operate within its borders.

Can You Enter a Dispensary in Riverside at Age 18?

There are currently no weed dispensaries in Riverside

Where Can I Find Riverside Cannabis Regulator’s Contact Information?

The City of Riverside does not currently have a cannabis regulating agency.

How Do I Report Illegal Cannabis Activities in Riverside?

If you notice illegal cannabis activities in Riverside, you may file a complaint to the Narcotic Unit of the Riverside Police Department.