California Marijuana Laws Explained

August 9, 2018

 As far as marijuana goes, California truly is the Golden State. As of 2018 California made $2.75 billion from marijuana sales- more than any other state, including Colorado. Since legalizing adult recreational use, the market is expected to grow to $3.7 billion by the end of 2018 and up to $5 billion in 2019.


California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, although conflicts with federal laws made it difficult for some Californians in the past. Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on weed. California citizens can buy from local dispensaries or even buy weed online for delivery.


However, some laws do exist. Most importantly, marijuana users must be 21 or over. Smoking in public is also illegal in most places. Here are the California Marijuana Laws explained in detail.


Adult Use Marijuana Act Laws In California

Adult recreational use of marijuana was legalized in 2016 in California. Citizens 21 years of age or older are able to obtain and smoke marijuana for any purpose.


The California Health and Safety Code (11362.1) states that those 21 or older are able to purchase, possess, transport, process or give away (providing it is to other adults 21 or over) up to an ounce of marijuana or up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis.


You’re also able to buy, own, and give away cannabis accessories, as long as they’re not given to anyone under 21.


Adults are also able to possess, plant, cultivate, and harvest up to six living cannabis plants at any one time. You’re also legally allowed to possess all of the products produced by the plants.


Any cannabis you obtain from plants in excess of the legal possession limits must be kept and stored away privately and securely in your residence.


Violating these regulations can result in a fine of up to $250 according to the Health and Safety Code (11362.4)


Medical Marijuana Use Laws In California