Yes. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) legalized adult-use cannabis in California, making cannabis use and possession legal in California. While cities and counties in California may not suppress cannabis use, the state cannabis laws permit municipalities in the state to restrict the operations of cannabis businesses in their jurisdictions. However, as permitted under state law, Lancaster permits the operations of marijuana dispensaries within its borders according to Chapter 5.56 of its city code. Pursuant to Chapter 17.43.110 of the Lancaster Code, a marijuana dispensary may only be located on a property within the heavy industrial (HI) zone, the light industrial (LI) zone, or any adopted specific plan that permits industrial uses.
Yes. Chapter 5.56 of the Lancaster Code permits the operations of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Medical marijuana was approved in California following the passage of the Compassionate Use Act in 1996.
Yes. You can order online from weed dispensaries in Lancaster as the city permits cannabis dispensaries to deliver cannabis to eligible buyers.
Before visiting a dispensary, you should be aware of state and local regulations governing the purchase of marijuana. You must be at least 21 and possess a valid form of identification before entering an adult use dispensary in Lancaster. If you want to visit a medical cannabis dispensary, you must go with a physician’s recommendation or medical marijuana card.
In Lancaster, cannabis products at dispensaries vary. In addition to having differing rates, a dispensary will also have varying prices for medicinal and recreational cannabis products. You will find a menu in many dispensaries with photos and pricing for each product. The menu should make it easier to decide on what products to purchase. If the menu is not helpful or available, you may speak with the budtenders at the facility. Budtenders are dispensary staff with in-depth knowledge of the cannabis products on offer. Most cannabis dispensaries demand their budtenders to get certifications so that they are informed of the proper doses, side effects, and advantages of cannabis and cannabis products. If you are searching for a dispensary near me, you may consider those with budtenders who have firsthand experience with dispensary products at their dispensaries.
Operational regulations for cannabis dispensaries and other cannabis establishments in Lancaster are contained in Section 5.56.130 of the city code.
Some of Lancaster dispensary laws include:
Cannabis dispensaries must use third-party software to track sales, purchases, receipts, and deliveries of cannabis and cannabis products
Cannabis dispensaries may not sell alcohol or allow the consumption of alcohol or cannabis on their licensed premises
Cannabis or cannabis products must be stored and kept in a secured manner within a limited access area or restricted access area at all times
Lancaster's recreational weed laws are similar to California cannabis laws. These include:
Persons aged 21 or older may cultivate marijuana for personal use indoors
Persons aged 21 or older may cultivate up to six marijuana plants indoors
Consumption of cannabis is illegal in public locations
The use and possession of up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate and 1 ounce of cannabis is permitted
Driving while under the influence of marijuana is not permitted
No cannabis establishment may be located within 600 feet of a religious assembly, public or private school, college or university, residential use or residentially designated property, or a public park
Indoor cultivation and cannabis manufacturing may occur only in enclosed, locked structures not exceeding the size limits set by state licensing and regulatory agencies
Transporting cannabis over state lines is unlawful
Lancaster medical marijuana laws are adapted from the California medical marijuana laws as contained under the MAUCRSA (Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act). Qualified medical marijuana patients may cultivate up to six marijuana plants for medicinal uses. Such persons must be 18 or older, and the cultivation may only occur indoors. Lancaster medical marijuana laws permit residents who are incapacitated or younger than 18 to have primary caregivers who can grow and administer medical marijuana on their behalf. Medical marijuana patients in the city may also possess up to 8 ounces of cannabis in Lancaster.
To qualify for a medical marijuana identification card in the City of Lancaster, you must:
Reside in Lancaster
Be aged 18 or older
Have a severe medical condition approved for medical marijuana in California. Such conditions include chronic pain, glaucoma, nausea, cachexia, anorexia, seizures, migraine, cancer, and AIDS
Have obtained a recommendation from your physician attesting that you suffer from a qualifying medical condition for marijuana
Be a primary caregiver for a patient who meets the conditions stated above
Applications for medical marijuana cards in Lancaster are submitted at a scheduled appointment with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) or by mail. You may contact the LADPH at (866) 621-2204 to schedule an appointment with the Department. Appointments are available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at:
9800 S. La Cienega Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90301
5050 Commerce Dr.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Take the following to your LADPH appointment:
A completed medical marijuana application form
A completed acknowledgment form
A completed physician attestation
A completed CDPH 9044 form
Original and valid government-issued photo ID, such as a State of California-issued driver's license, California identification, Veteran's Administration ID Card, and the United States Passport
Proof of residence in Lancaster. A recent utility bill, rent receipt, or California DMV motor vehicle registration with your current Lancaster address will suffice
A $100 application fee. If you are a Medi-Cal beneficiary, you are eligible for a 50% discount. If you are a beneficiary of the Los Angeles Medical Service Program (CMSP), you may not be required to pay an application fee. Payment may be completed by money order or cashier's check made payable to the "County of Los Angeles." The application fee is non-refundable
Original CMSP or Medi-Cal card, if applicable
If you are mailing in your MMIC application, you must include a recent passport-sized color photo taken within the past month. If you submit your application at the LADPH's scheduled appointment, your photo will be taken at the appointment. To complete the MMIC application by mail, mail the application to:
Attention: Medical Marijuana Program
Environmental Health Headquarters
5050 Commerce Drive
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
After completing your application by mail or at a scheduled appointment, wait up to 35 days for the application to be approved. Once available, the LADPH will contact you to pick up your medical marijuana identification card.
You can consume cannabis on private properties. Property owners in Lancaster may ban cannabis use on their properties. Hence, if you intend to use cannabis on a rented property, contact the property owner or read the rental agreement to ensure there are no restrictions. Note that cannabis use is illegal on federal lands, including national parks.
To buy cannabis at a Lancaster dispensary, you must visit the dispensary's address with a valid photo ID showing you are over 21 and cash to pay for any purchases. You can find the addresses of local marijuana dispensaries by using the search term "marijuana dispensaries near me" on an online search engine.
The average price of one gram of weed in Lancaster is $15. An eight costs about $50, a quarter costs $58, a half costs $130, and an ounce costs about $220.
Some of the popular cannabis strains in Lancaster are:
No. You cannot smoke cannabis in public locations in Lancaster. Cannabis smoking is treated like tobacco smoking. Hence, you cannot smoke weed in malls, streets, banks, schools, multi-unit residences, religious buildings, and parks.
Lancaster residents aged 21 or older may possess up to eight grams of dried cannabis and 28.5 grams of cannabis. Also, adult residents are allowed to cultivate a maximum of six cannabis plants at home in locations inaccessible to minors and out of public view. Lancaster residents caught possessing more marijuana than stipulated may be charged with drug trafficking.
Shipping weed across state lines into Lancaster is a federal offense. With inter-state transportation operated under federal laws, shipping a federally banned substance across state lines is an offense punishable by imprisonment and heavy fines. However, you may transport marijuana from one California city to the City of Lancaster, provided it is kept in a sealed container in the vehicle's trunk.
Yes. You can order weed online from many of the weed dispensaries in the City of Lancaster. Some Lancaster weed dispensaries offer free delivery on orders exceeding specific amounts.
Unlike some other municipalities, there are no statutes in the Lancaster Code mandating operating hours for cannabis dispensaries. Hence, you may find 24-hour cannabis dispensaries in the city.
Yes. Tourists may use recreational weed dispensaries in Lancaster if they are of legal age. Lancaster tourists with out-of-state photo IDs showing they are aged 21 or older may use a recreational marijuana dispensary in the city. However, such persons cannot use medical marijuana dispensaries in the city unless registered under the California medical marijuana program.
You need a photo ID showing you are 21 or older to prove that you are of legal age under the law to consume cannabis. No other form of identification is required when entering weed dispensaries in the city in order to purchase weed. If you visit a medical weed dispensary, a medical marijuana card or doctor’s recommendation may be required before you may be sold medical weed.
Express 420 Delivery, Agapos Medical Cannabis Delivery, and Holistic Care Group are three of the best dispensaries in the City of Lancaster.
Lancaster marijuana dispensaries may scan your ID to ensure you are of legal age and to track purchases. However, dispensaries are not required by law to scan your ID to keep track of your personal information.
There is no officially stipulated limit to the number of cannabis dispensaries that may be established in Lancaster. However, Chapter 5.56.030 of the city code states that the city's maximum number of cannabis facility licenses may be limited by a written policy implemented by the city manager.
Lancaster weed dispensaries do not typically accept credit cards. The cannabis industry largely remains a cash-only business. This is due to marijuana's status as a controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substance Act. Many banks also refrain from working with cannabis-related businesses. You can use an ATM at the premises of a cannabis dispensary, as most marijuana dispensaries have ATMs on their premises.
You can visit more than one marijuana dispensary in one day. However, you cannot purchase more than the daily limits under state laws.
No. Visitors to Lancaster cannabis dispensaries must be ready to pay the full amount for weed products purchased, as cannabis dispensaries in the city do not accept health insurance.
Yes. Lancaster dispensaries track how much weed buyers purchase to ensure total purchases are within the stipulated possession limits under the law.
No. You must be 21 or older to enter a City of Lancaster recreational weed dispensary. However, residents 18 or older may enter a medical cannabis dispensary.
The City of Lancaster has not designated a department or agency as the city cannabis regulator. For inquiries on cannabis operations in the city, you may contact the Lancaster Clerk or the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC).
If you notice illegal cannabis operations in the City of Lancaster, you may file a report to the Lancaster City Public Safety Department or the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. You may also file complaints to the California DCC (Department of Cannabis Control).