When it comes to legislation surrounding marijuana consumption and growth, California is one of the more progressive states. That being said, there are still limits on what you can purchase, as well as what you can have on you at any given time. Here is a quick overview of California’s marijuana laws.
First of all, we want to clear up any confusion for those who are new to the cannabis community. Medical and recreational marijuana are both legalized in California. The legal sale of recreational marijuana began on January 1, 2018. Under Prop 64, adults 21 and older can legally possess and use up to 28.5 grams (which translates to roughly 1 ounce) of marijuana of the flower/bud and 8 grams of marijuana concentrates for recreational purposes. Smoking is allowed in the privacy of your own home but remains illegal while driving a vehicle in public places. Consumers of medical marijuana must have a recommendation from a physician stating that they will benefit from medical marijuana, and with a medical marijuana card, can be in possession of up to 8 ounces of marijuana. Keep in mind: even medical cardholders can be arrested if they end up exceeding reasonable weed possession, including carrying too much weed and/or growing too much.
Hemp-derived CBD products are legal under Federal Law in the United States. That being said, CBD laws are fluid and vary from state to state, so be sure you know state limits and regulations before traveling. In California, there is not a law that bans Hemp CBD processing, sale, or consumption.
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California’s Prop 64 does not apply on federal property; such as California national parks. Since cannabis is still not legalized at the federal level, medical cannabis consumers and recreational users cannot consume weed on federal property like national parks and forests.
Luckily for California’s cannabis enthusiasts, we are located in a rather marijuana-friendly state. Despite this, it is still important that users are familiar with the laws and regulations to avoid fines or misdemeanors. Remember to always be safe and cautious with your marijuana usage, and to always be Kind!