What You Need To Know About Cannabis Laws In California

California has had medical cannabis available ever since becoming the first state to legalize medical cannabis with the passage of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 . Beginning January 1, 2018  California will allow the sale and use of recreational marijuana. With the application of Proposition 64, new laws will mean big changes. Here is what you need to know about what is and isn’t allowed for recreational use.

Q: What changes when it comes to cannabis in California?

Starting January 2018 California Has Legalized Recreational Cannabis For Personal Use

A: California is now the 6th state to allow the sale of cannabis  to anyone over the age of 21 with an ID. This means it is no longer required to have a doctor’s prescription to obtain marijuana in a licensed shop.

Q: So, can I smoke a joint in public now?

A: Short answer, No you cannot. California law says that no one can consume or partake of marijuana in public venues. That means no smoking in parks, bars, the street, etc. If you are caught smoking in public you may face a fine up to 250$


Q: Where will I be able to buy marijuana ? Will dispensaries become available to anyone?

A: Medical dispensaries will require a separate license to sell recreational marijuana in addition to medical cannabis. This means that many dispensaries will still only be licensed to sell cannabis to you if you have a doctor’s prescription. Check the Californian’s map of legal recreational marijuana shops, to find a licensed dispensary in your area.

Q: What do I need to have in order to purchase marijuana?

A: Be 21 or older, and posses a valid ID. You will be allowed to buy up to an ounce (28 grams) from a licensed retailer. Out-of-state licenses are also accepted.

Q: Can I posses marijuana while I am driving?

A: You may posses marijuana in the car with you. However, you cannot smoke or ingest marijuana while you are driving. The rules are similar to that of alcohol. You cannot posses an open container, which means you must leave anything you bought at the store in its sealed package or container. Obviously, with this being said you also can not  be under the influence of marijuana while you are driving.

Q: What about if I want to grow cannabis in my home?

A: As long as your plants are kept out of public view, any Californian 21 and older may cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants per household.

Q: Can jobs still test for marijuana now that it’s legal?

A: Yes, they can. Employers can test current or potential workers for marijuana and may choose to fire anyone who tests positive. Some federal and transportation employers, are required to test for marijuana.

Q: Wait I thought weed was still illegal on a federal level?

A: Yes that is true, however an amendment to the federal budget restricts using federal resources to go after businesses or individuals that are in compliance with their state’s cannabis programs.

Q: What do I do if I an arrested for cannabis?

A: If you or a loved one has been arrested for cannabis in Santa Ana, CA, you may need a bail bond and we would like to help you. Contact Alvarado Bail Bonds at 888-866-8376  to speak with one of our experienced bondsman for more information.