Marijuana Legalization in California
Information from Our Knowledgeable San Diego Drug Crimes Attorneys
In November 2016, California residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
The passing of Prop 64, the "California Marijuana Legalization Initiative,"
is a major shift in drug policy for the state, will create a whole new
marketplace for the plant, and will finally decriminalize consumption
of the plant within certain perimeters. It is, however, important to understand
that cannabis will still be regulated and both vendors and consumers can
face legal penalties if they are found in violation of the new laws.
If you have been charged with illegal possession, cultivation, or sale
of marijuana, then it is critical that you seek proven legal counsel immediately. At
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Where Is Marijuana Still Illegal?
Under Prop 64, marijuana will be regulated much in the way that alcohol
is and there will be some circumstances where consuming it or selling
it will still be considered a criminal offense. Legally purchasing and
possessing marijuana is also subject to the same age requirement for all
Californians: 21 years of age.
Other prohibited activities include:
- Possessing more than 25.5 grams of marijuana
- Possessing more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis
- Consuming marijuana while driving a vehicle
- Consuming marijuana in public/where smoking is prohibited
- Possessing marijuana on school grounds
California residents are now also allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants
on their property. However, these cannot be used for the unlicensed sale
of marijuana and the plants must be kept in a secured (locked) space.
Only business entities licensed to sell marijuana will be allowed to do
so, much in the way the liquor licenses are regulated throughout the state.
Individuals caught possessing, consuming, cultivating, or selling marijuana
outside of Prop 64's guidelines can be subject to penalties—some
of which are potentially significant. Selling marijuana without a license,
for instance, can result in fine and jail time. If you have been accused
of marijuana violation, then it is critical that you seek legal counsel.
You do not have to navigate this new legal landscape without a proven advocate
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