GOCCA Protocols

Our Safety and Operational Protocols
for Collectives and Co-Operatives

Restriction of Membership.
Membership in a medical cannabis collective shall be limited to qualified patients and their primary caregivers as defined by California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5 (Proposition 215).

Screening of Members.
Collectives must make reasonable efforts to ensure that all members are legally qualified under California Health and Safety Code Section 11263.5. Verification of member status includes the following elements:(1) Inspection of an original copy of a letter of recommendation from a licensed physician; (2) Personal contact with the physician or his or her agent to verify the written recommendation; (3) Verification of the validity of the physician’s license; and (4) Verification of the patient’s identity and California residency with state-issued identification.All rights reserved.

Restriction on Distribution.
Collectives shall not provide cannabis to any person in an amount not consistent with personal medical use.

No Diversion to Non-Members.
No collective, member, or agent of a collective shall sell, barter, give away, or otherwise distribute cannabis to persons who are not qualified patients or caregivers.

Collectives shall maintain accurate patient records necessary to demonstrate patient eligibility under the law. All patient records shall be kept in a secure location and regarded as strictly confidential.

Business Practices.
Collectives shall maintain the highest possible professional standards regarding the operation of their business affairs, including obtaining any required permits, licenses, registrations, etc.

Collectives shall not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental condition, or socio-economic status of any member.

Collectives shall maintain adequate security to protect the welfare of patients and the community.

Good Neighbors.
Collectives shall conduct their business in a manner that is respectful of their neighbors and the community. The facilities shall be kept clean and in good repair, both inside and out. Collectives shall seek to ensure that there is no adverse impact to surrounding homes and businesses.

Public Education.
Collectives shall educate their members and the community regarding the responsible use of cannabis, the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use, and other issues impacting their well-being.