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The Shelter Project

Providing free cannabis to cancer patients since 2014.

Update, Spring 2019

Jetty started the Shelter Project in 2014 with a simple mission: get free cannabis to cancer patients. Since then, we’ve helped over 1,000 people in California get the medicine they need. We’ve also made it our mission to keep it simple: patients (or their caregivers) just provide doctor verification, proof of California residency, and they’re in.

Ironically (and tragically), all that changed after cannabis became legal in California in 2018. Legal requirements and taxes made it nearly impossible for compassion programs like Shelter to operate. In 2018, former governor Jerry Brown’s surprise veto of a bill that would have solved it was a big setback.

But we’re hopeful things will change. State Senator Scott Weiner has introduced new legislation to fix the situation called the Dennis Peron and Brownie Mary Compassionate Care Act (Senate Bill 34). The Shelter team met with Senator Weiner to share our support and appreciation. We’re optimistic it will also find support with our new governor, Gavin Newsom. We encourage you to make your voice heard as well by joining us along the Cannabis for Good Tour this summer.

Restarting Shelter

The Shelter Project is unofficially running again on a limited basis in the San Francisco Bay Area only, as details continue to unfold regarding expansion across the state. This is uncharted territory and we are moving slowly to make sure we stay compliant with the new state regulations. 

According to the new law, all patients receiving cannabis through Shelter must obtain a state-issued Medical Marijuana ID (MMID) card. The process of acquiring a MMID is lengthy and requires several legal and medical documents, in addition to significant fees. This process also differs from county to county and may take some time to even book an appointment. Here is a link to all county public health departments, where more information is available. 

If you live in the Bay Area and have a valid MMID and would like to enroll in the Shelter Project, please complete the form below. Please note that delivery may not be available throughout the entire Bay and pickup in Oakland or surrounding areas may be required.

If you do not have a MMID, it is a tricky dilemma: is it better to spend the time and expense to obtain a MMID or wait for SB 34 to pass, which would remove the MMID requirement? As with any legislation, passage of the bill is not guaranteed and the time it takes until passage is very hard to predict. We sympathize with everyone forced to weigh these options and wish we could offer better news. 

We’re here to answer question as best we can. Just fill out the information request below. 

Thank you all for your love, patience and support. We’re optimistic about getting things back to normal and intend to keep fighting until that day comes.

-The Shelter Project & Jetty Team


Shelter Project FAQ


What medicine does Shelter Project provide?

Cartridges (vape) and (edible/smokable) Dablicators. Products are branded "Shelter Project" and NOT FOR RESALE. The carts are produced and tested to the same exacting standards as Jetty Extracts cannabis products.

How do I get a state-issued MMID card?

  • You must reside in the California county where application is submitted.
  • You must apply in person at your county program.
  • Fill out the Application/Renewal Form.
  • Provide current documentation with your application. This includes a copy of your medical recommendation, Proof of identity (i.e. valid California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver's license or state-issued ID card or other valid government-issued photo ID card) and Proof of residency (i.e. rental or mortgage agreement, utility bill, or DMV motor vehicle registration.)
  • Pay fee required by your county program (not to exceed $100). Medi-Cal beneficiaries will receive a 50 percent reduction in the application fee (not to exceed $50), and the fees shall be waived for indigent patients who are eligible for and participate in the County Medical Services Program.
    Have photo taken at the county's program office.

How do I qualify for an MMID card?

  • You must be a California resident.
  • You must be diagnosed with a serious medical condition by a physician.
  • Serious qualifying conditions include but are not limited to:
    • Cancer
    • HIV/AIDS
    • MS
    • Side effects of radiation therapy
    • Glaucoma
    • Arthritis
    • Anxiety
    • Chronic pain
    • Migraines

OR you must have other persistent or chronic medical condition/symptom that causes serious harm to mental or physical health if not treated.

You may be eligible if you have a condition that limits your ability to carry out a ‘major life activity’ such as moving or eating (stipulation defined by Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.)

You may be able to get an MMID card for the following:
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
-Unipolar Depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

The Jetty Shelter Project provides cannabis to cancer patients at the request of patients. It is not intended to replace medications or contradict any advice of medical professionals. The Shelter Project does not suggest that cannabis is a cure for specific medical conditions, including cancer.

Can I apply to the Shelter Project with an illness other than cancer?

At this time, NO. At some distant future point, if we have the capacity, we hope to open enrollment to those with other serious or life-threatening illnesses.

How do I enroll in Shelter Project?

Submit your application at

At this time, Shelter Project accepts Bay Area patients ONLY.

While we do have patients currently enrolled outside of the Bay Area, acceptance is limited and approved on a case-by-case basis.

You must be able to provide the state requirements including documentation, a valid county issued MMID card and proof of residency.

You must be able to travel to designated pickup points in Bay Area (i.e. Harborside) within 48 hours of placing order and follow the store’s patient pick up protocols (i.e. create an account, pick up at specific designated dates and times.)

Can I enroll a friend?

You must be 18 or older to apply for an MMID card for yourself.

You may be able to get an MMID card for a younger patient if you are a Caregiver for a child with a serious condition. Caregivers must be 18 or older and must be the Primary Caregiver for the patient. A Primary Caregiver is defined as a person who consistently provides for the housing, health or safety of a person who needs medical care or assistance (the patient). Caregivers will often need to take courses to qualify as caregivers, especially if they are providing specialist care.

I’ve been waiting to hear back from Shelter team, when will I know if I’m enrolled?

Once you have submitted necessary documents and are approved, you will receive an intake email from Shelter Project team.

Currently, the processing time for enrollment is 1-3 weeks.

What are the next steps?

If accepted: you will receive an email with menu of products offered and instructions for setting up an account at designated pickup location.

If we cannot enroll you, you will receive wait-list information via email.

If you did not submit correct documentation or there are questions about your enrollment, we will we contact you accordingly within 1-3 weeks.

I’m a former Shelter Project patient, do I need to re-enroll?

YES. As we work toward opening up the Shelter Program, if you were a former patient, you will need to reapply and resubmit current documents.

For how long can I be a patient?

Once accepted, patients are enrolled for a year before needing to reassess status.

Why are you only open in the Bay Area?

In order to stay compliant with the current laws and to streamline processes, we are limiting our scope as we work toward opening up the program to serve the whole state of California. We want to ensure that we have the correct protocols and systems in place in a limited market before scaling the program to serve even more people.

Where will the Shelter Project open next?

We hope to expand to Southern California by 2020, pending the passage of SB 34 and the success rate of our beta launch in the Bay Area.

Shelter Enrollment Application


If you or someone for whom you provide care would like to enroll in the Shelter Project, please complete the form below. The Shelter Team will be in touch as quickly as possible with additional information.

Currently we can only deliver to a limited number of cities in the Bay Area. Or you can pick up your products at:

Harborside Oakland
840 Embarcadero
Oakland, CA 94606
(888) 994-2726

Current enrollment requirements:

  1. Doctor-verified cancer diagnosis 
  2. Proof of residency in San Francisco, Oakland or the greater Bay Area
  3. State-issued Medical Marijuana Identification Card
  4. Ability to pick up medicine from a licensed Shelter Project partner dispensary if home delivery is not available


Shelter Project Inquiry


If you need more information or have other questions, please use the form below. We will get back to you in 3-5 business days.