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What are the Laws for Recreational Marijuana in California?

August 21, 2017 by Seppi Esfandi in Criminal Defense  Rights   Leave a Comment
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California will soon become the world’s largest legal marijuana market with an estimated value of over $7 billion dollars. When the law kicks in for marijuana to be legally bought and sold recreationally, plants can be grown, manufactured, tested, distributed and sold to adults within the State of California thanks to the passing of Prop 64 by voters in November of 2016. California will essentially treat cannabis like alcohol.

In this article, we answer some common questions about the legality of marijuana as of 2017 in California:

Can I legally buy marijuana?

As of now, in 2017, only medical marijuana card holders can buy cannabis legally. So you still need to obtain a doctor’s recommendation and a medical marijuana card.

Can I legally smoke or ingest marijuana?

Right now, any adult older than 21 can smoke or ingest legally, even without a medical marijuana card.

So how does a recreational user get marijuana? How much can I have?

Recreational marijuana users can be gifted marijuana or marijuana seeds. Adults older than 21 can possess up to an ounce and grow up to six plants per household.

Where can I smoke marijuana?

You can only smoke cannabis in a private place. You are not allowed to smoke in public places.

Can I smoke while I drive, or drive while I’m stoned?

If any substance legal or illegal impairs your ability to drive, whether a prescription drug, an unknown substance or alcohol, you’re subject to DUI laws in California. With that said, it is not advised to drive while smoking or stoned.

When can recreational users legally buy marijuana?

The state anticipates recreational users will be able to buy marijuana in 2018. Right now there is a tentative deadline of January, 1 2018 to have the laws sorted out and instated for legal sales of cannabis in California. According to the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, the state is on track to have regulations in place by Jan. 1. The regulations include the tracking and tracing of marijuana and marijuana seeds.

Conclusion

With the legalization of recreational cannabis, it is expected that arrests involving marijuana will continue, only the circumstances of the arrests will change.

If you or a loved one is being charged with Possession of Marijuana, or any other Marijuana related charge, we invite you to contact us immediately for a free case review. Schedule an appointment to meet with us in person, or feel free to submit an evaluation online and we will get in contact with you ASAP. We can provide a free consultation in our office located in Century City, or by phone. Our experienced and assiduous attorneys will be sure to fight until the end to reduce or drop your charges completely.

Seppi Esfandi is an Expert Criminal Defense Attorney who has over 16 years of practice defending a variety of criminal cases.

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References:

[1] http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/california-passes-maucrsa-bill-to-regulate-medical-adult-use-cannabis/

[2] http://www.desertsun.com/story/money/business/2017/04/03/marijuana-california-regulation-legalization/98970628/

[3] http://www.canorml.org/faq.html

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