As of January 1, 2018, adults 21 and over can legally possess, privately use, and give away marijuana in the state of California. Despite the legalization of cannabis, you can still find yourself facing criminal charges if you fail to abide by state and local laws that determine where and how much cannabis you can purchase and consume. Keep reading to learn more about California’s recreational marijuana laws so that you know your rights if you are arrested for a cannabis-related crime.
Purchasing Pot in California
Adults 21 or older can legally possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana, as well as up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrate. If you are wondering if you can legally grow marijuana in California, the answer is yes. You can have up to six live marijuana plants.
Adults between the ages of 18 and 20 years old can legally purchase and possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana and 12 live plants if they have a medical marijuana license obtained through a doctor’s recommendation.
FAQ: California’s Marijuana Laws
In addition to how much marijuana one can legally purchase, our experienced drug crimes attorneys at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP are often asked the following questions regarding California’s marijuana laws:
Question #1: Now that marijuana is legal, can I smoke outside like people do with cigarettes?
A: Although marijuana is legal, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public, even if you have a medical marijuana license.
Question #2: Can I consume marijuana in my vehicle?
A: If you are traveling through California, you are allowed to have marijuana with you, as long as it is in a sealed container or in the trunk of your vehicle. However, you cannot cross into another state with marijuana in your vehicle, even if the state you are entering has recreational cannabis laws.
Question #3: Can I smoke marijuana in my apartment?
A: While you can legally smoke, vape, or eat cannabis on private property, you can only do so if you’re in an area where smoking tobacco products isn’t already prohibited.
We Can Fight Your Drug Charges
Our skilled drug crimes attorneys are here to serve you if you are being charged for a marijuana-related offense. We are committed to providing our clients with top-notch representation, and we will vigorously defend your rights each step of the way. Visit our law firm or contact our legal team to get help from our seasoned legal professionals.
Call (800) 462-7160 today to set up your free case consultation with Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP. We are available to answer your questions 24/7.