Cannabis may be legal in the state of California, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t laws for it. There are actually quite a few laws regarding who can obtain it, where you can get it, and how you can use it. Following these California cannabis laws is vital, as there are penalties if the authorities catch you breaking them. If you’re new to the world of cannabis in California, here are some of the laws you should know.
There Are Age Restrictions
Recreational cannabis is restricted to adults 21 and older, and only adults 21 and older can step foot inside of a recreational dispensary. Adults 18 and older can purchase products from a medical dispensary on their own, but they must have a recommendation from their doctor. Anyone under 18 can’t legally purchase their own products, even with a recommendation. A parent or guardian will have to do the buying for them.
Where You Can Legally Obtain Cannabis
You can legally purchase cannabis products from a dispensary. You can buy recreational products from an adult-use dispensary and medical products from a medical shop. Legal dispensaries have obtained the essential licensing to run their stores and sell their products. Their license indicates that they’re in compliance with all state laws and that they’re selling products that meet compliance standards.
Additionally, you can only obtain so much at a time. You can purchase and possess up to 28.5 grams of flower and up to 8 grams of concentrates at a time.
You Can’t Transport Cannabis Over State Lines
If you’re in California from another state, whether for work, vacation, or visiting friends, you can buy cannabis products from a dispensary. Unfortunately, you can’t legally take those products home, even if your state allows cannabis use, too. You’ll have to enjoy your products before you go home.
Don’t Drive Under the Influence
Don’t use cannabis and then get behind the wheel of a car. If a police officer pulls you over, you could face penalties for driving under the influence. Even if it’s your passenger using and you haven’t touched a product, you could still be in trouble. To be on the safe side, don’t have an open container of any cannabis product in your car. Keep your products sealed and in the trunk until you get home.
Even Though It’s Legal, Use May Be Restricted
Cannabis use may be legal, but that doesn’t mean you can take a hit or eat an edible anywhere. You can only use cannabis products on private property where its use is permitted. Avoid using it in public places or within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare, or anywhere else where children are present.
Keep in mind that while you can use cannabis in your private residence, rules may be different if you live in an apartment. For instance, if your landlord says no cannabis, you won’t be allowed to use it in your home.
You Can Grow Plants at Home (But Only a Few)
If you have a green thumb, you might try your hand at growing cannabis plants at home. In California, you can possess up to 6 plants in your home. They do have to be for personal use only, and you must keep them out of public view.
Getting the most enjoyment out of your cannabis experience requires that you follow the laws. Not only will you obtain the safest, highest-quality products, but you’ll also keep yourself out of serious legal trouble. Whether you’re visiting California for the first time or you’re a resident of the state, make sure that you know and understand the cannabis laws before you make your first purchase.