News Alert!!: California: What to know about California’s legalization of marijuana before New Year’s Day 2018.
On Monday, January 1st, 2018, recreational marijuana will become legal in California.
Voters in California approved Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 with 57.13% (7,979,041) voting ‘Yes’ and 42.87% (5,987,020) voting ‘No’ on the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative.
Before you go out to your nearest marijuana shop and do your “toke of midnight” celebration, here are a few things you should know about California’s legalization of marijuana.
** What To Know About California’s Legalized Recreational Marijuana: **
- As of 6:00am PT on Monday, January 1st, 2018, California will allow licensed shops to sell marijuana to anyone with an I.D. showing they’re 21 and older — just like buying alcohol from a bar or liquor store. This means doctor’s recommendations for medical marijuana will no longer be required to make a purchase from these shops. Licensed marijuana businesses that are open to the public must post a copy of their permits in public view. You can also check with the state agency responsible for overseeing that type of business.
- People in California, 21 years old and older, are allowed to carry up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrates.
- People in California will be allowed to grow up to 6 plants at home, but those plants must be in a locked area that is not visible from outside the property.
- Reminder, marijuana is still illegal on the federal level.
- Employers in California can fire you for violating drug-free workplace rules.
- People in California can buy pot from any licensed marijuana dispensary, but there will still be dispensaries that only sell to patients with a medical marijuana need. Retailers still need separate licenses to sell medical and recreational marijuana. Cities get first say on issuing those licenses, and most cities in California so far aren’t allowing recreational marijuana sales, which means many medical marijuana dispensaries will still only be able to sell marijuana to people who have doctor’s recommendations on Monday, January 1st, 2018. In cities where recreational marijuana sales are permitted, existing medical marijuana dispensaries often have the okay to sell both medical and recreational marijuana as soon as their state licenses come through. Only about 30 percent of the cities and counties in California have passed regulations that will allow for the sale of recreational marijuana starting New Year’s Day on Monday, January 1st, 2018. All of the dispensary, cultivation, and manufacturing in Needles, California are for only medical marijuana uses and no adult use or recreational sales of marijuana is allowed. According to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, those areas that have banned recreational marijuana, the State of California will not be able to issue licenses there.
- People in California are not allowed to smoke marijuana in public, including streets and parks. Anybody caught smoking marijuana in public faces a fine of $100 to $250.
- People in California will be allowed to smoke marijuana in a private home, but landlords can restrict smoking on their property. If drifting marijuana smoke is bothering you, you can try calling police at their non-emergency number or your local code enforcement office to report a nuisance. But since it’s not illegal, this might not get you very far. If you live in an apartment or under a homeowner’s association, or if your neighbor is a renter, you might have better luck contacting those entities. Housing complexes and landlords can ban smoking in their units.
- Local governments can put some restrictions on those homegrows. Many local governments have banned outdoor gardens completely while other local governments are require pricey permits to grow plants indoors.
- In regards to marijuana and people driving in California, marijuana will be a lot like driving with alcohol; an open containers of marijuana – unless it is in your trunk – can get you arrested. According to the California Highway Patrol, we will still be looking for bad driving or impaired driving. The California Highway Patrol says nearly all their officers have been trained to look for drivers under the influence. Law enforcement across California are warning users that today’s marijuana is much more potent than marijuana was 10 years ago and urged users to be cautious before they drive.
- People in California should also be prepared for lots of changes to these laws as the state settles into this new normal.
**** More Information Regarding California’s Legalization of Marijuana: ****
- California Bureau of Cannabis Control:
- California’s Cannabis Web Portal:
- The Cannifornian:
- Ballotpedia: California Proposition 64:
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