California, a pioneer in cannabis legalization, has established comprehensive laws for its use, both medicinally and recreationally. The state’s robust regulatory framework ensures safe operations of cannabis businesses and consumer protection.
In California, the legal age for purchasing cannabis is 18 or older with a physician’s recommendation for medicinal use and 21 or older for adult (recreational) use. It’s important to note that local jurisdictions may impose stricter cannabis laws than the state. For local regulations, checking city or county websites is recommended.
The Department of Cannabis Control outlines the legalities: adults 21 or older can buy and possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis. Additionally, they can plant, harvest, dry, and process up to six cannabis plants.
For medicinal cannabis users, a current physician’s recommendation or a county-issued medical marijuana identification card is required. Those with an identification card are exempt from sales tax on cannabis purchases, though other taxes still apply.
The California Department of Public Health emphasizes responsible use, especially around children and pets. They advise ensuring an adult capable of caring for children is present when using cannabis. In case a child is suspected of consuming cannabis, California Poison Control should be contacted immediately.
Governor Newsom’s recent legislation strengthens these laws further, aiming to expand the legal cannabis market and address the harms caused by cannabis prohibition. These measures reflect the state’s ongoing commitment to a safe and equitable cannabis industry.
For more detailed information on California’s cannabis laws, the laws and regulations page of the Department of Cannabis Control provides comprehensive guidelines. Additionally, the Governor’s announcement on recent legislative changes offers insights into the evolving legal landscape of cannabis in California.