Welcome to California Alternative Caregivers!

Check out CAC on Reuters video!

California Alternative Caregivers is the first legal collective in the city of Los Angeles, and the first Venice collective. CAC is a pre-ICO collective.

Since its inception in 2005, CAC, the oldest legal co-op in the city of Los Angeles, has been a family collective. The comfortable, at home feeling is one of the many reasons our patients continue to return, recommending new patients along the way.

As a non-profit, our goal has always been to provide a safe, caring and quiet collective for our patients. We strive to provide the highest quality and safest organic alternatives to the dangerous side effects related to pharmaceuticals.

Our selection of organic strains includes kushes, pure sativas, pure indicas, and hybrids that are grown exclusively by our patients. Our large selection of edibles includes vegan, sugar free, gluten free and tinctures (glycerin).

The aim of our highly qualified volunteers is to educate our patients in the different medicinal effects of the strains, as well as edibles and smokeless vaporizing. We also help our patients find the most effective form of medicine for their individual needs.

First time patients must bring their original doctor’s recommendation and a valid photo California ID.

We now have Amsterdam Cup winning strains right here at California Alternative Caregivers! We are the only dispensary in the country to have these authentic strains!

Hours of Operation

Mon-Sat 10 am – 12 pm

Sunday 12 pm – 7 pm

Directions to CAC

122 S Lincoln Blvd, Suite 204

Venice, CA, 90291


(Across the street from WholeFoods)

Maryland Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

A big victory for marijuana legalization in the U.S.! The state of Maryland has decriminalized marijuana possession to a civil offense. Senate Bill 364 reduces the penalty for possessing less than 10 grams of marijuana from a criminal to a civil offense. First-time offenders will face fines up to $100, while a second offense will be punishable with a fine up to $250 and subsequent offenses up to $500. Additionally, the bill requires third-time offenders or offenders under the age of 21 to be evaluated for substance abuse problems, and to attend drug education classes.

While this may not seem like such a big deal, it does offer a degree of protection for ill marijuana patients, because it means that law enforcement resources will be channeled towards something else besides busting marijuana smokers.

Group using cannabis oil to treat children’s seizures told to shut down by L.A. City Attorney

Despite not selling any product, Realm of Caring California, a nonprofit that grows high CBD strains for ill children, is being forced to relocate in light of Proposition D enforcement. While illegal collectives should certainly not be allowed to operate, as Prop D dictates, nonselling nonprofits like Realm of Caring should not be considered a dispensary in the traditional legal sense.

Hopefully, Prop D will not discourage providers of high CBD strains (like Charlotte’s Web) to pack up shop and move out of town, as LA is in need of such providers. High CBD products are still relatively rare, at least when compared to the popularity of high THC products.

Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

Maral v. Live Oak – Local Politics Matter

Bad news for medical marijuana in California–the California Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal on Wednesday in Maral v. Live Oak, an appellate decision permitting cities and counties to prevent patients from growing their own medicine, despite the fact that it is allowed under state law.

While collectives and dispensaries remain a legal gray area, cannabis cultivation among patients (especially small grows meant for personal use) should remain a right. What is the point of having a medical marijuana law if patients are unable to grow their own medicine? Medical marijuana should also mean safe access!

Check out the full story in the link above.


More than 100 marijuana shops shut down,

More than 100 marijuana shops shut down, L.A. city attorney says – latimes.com http://ow.ly/uwXT8

While the city seems to be finally cracking down on illegal, non-Prop D compliant collectives, it’s still an uphill battle for Los Angeles law enforcement. As the city shuts down collectives, more spring from the ashes, not helped by the state giving illegal business owners tax licenses.