Now that cannabis has been legalized in California, what does this mean for consumers? Here you will find information on legal cannabis possession  and purchasing in California.


Recreational “Adult-use”

Buying, selling, and giving cannabis

  • If you are 21 or older you can possess up to 1 ounce (28 grams) of cannabis, and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis (separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from cannabis)
  • you can buy cannabis from retail outlets licences by the California Bureau or Cannabis Control.
  • Although you can  legally process cannabis, it is illegal to sell without a licence.
  • You can gift cannabis, but receiving money or compensation is illegal.
  • There is no limit on how much CBD you can purchase


Medical Patients

Possessing and Buying Medicinal Cannabis

  • Under California Law, If you have a valid physicians recommendation you may posses and transport up to 8 ounces of medical cannabis and up to 6 mature plants (12 immature plants).
  • There is no limit on how much CBD you can purchase
  • Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card.
  • To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have a current physician’s recommendation.


Medical and Adult-Use Regulations

What’s Legal Now?

  • Under California law, adults 21 or older can use, carry, and grow cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot).
  • Buying cannabis (without a current physician’s recommendation or a county-issued medical marijuana identification card) is legal for adults 21 or older.
  • It is illegal to take your cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal.
  • It is illegal to give cannabis to a minor (under age 21 without a medical recommendation)

Where Can I Consume Cannabis?

  • You can consume cannabis on private property but you cannot consume, smoke, eat, or vape cannabis in public places.
  • Even though it is legal under California law, you cannot consume or possess cannabis on federal lands like national parks, even if the park is in California.
  • You cannot smoke in places where tobacco smoke is prohibited
  • You cannot smoke cannabis near a school, recreational center, youth center, or a school bus where children are present.
  • Property owners and landlords may also ban the use and possession of cannabis on their premises

Driving and Passengers

  • If you are under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, law enforcement can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test
  • Having an open container of cannabis while driving or in the passenger seat is against the law.
  • If you have cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in an approved and sealed package or container. Otherwise it must be kept in the trunk of your vehicle.

Growing and processing

  • If you are 21 or older, you can plant, cultivate harvest, dry, and process up to 6 cannabis plants in your private residence.
  • If you are growing cannabis, the plants must be in a locked space that is not viable to the public. Cities and counties may prohibit the outdoor cultivation of cannabis.
  • It is against the law to use a volatile solvent for the manufacture or concentrated cannabis for your own personal use (such as butane extraction).

Other laws

  • Even though cannabis is legal, employers have the right to prohibit the use of cannabis by their employees. Know your workplace cannabis policies!
  • Cities and counties may have stricter laws about cannabis in addition to the California State Cannabis Laws. Know your local cannabis laws!
  • Dispensaries rules may vary based on their City or Counties additional cannabis laws.
  • There are severe penalties for violating cannabis law, including: fines, jail time, community service, and drug education.



Information from California Department of Health : Let’s Talk Cannabis