For one thing, the strict quantity limits applicable to recreational do not apply. Medical marijuana users can, with a doctor’s recommendation, possess as much marijuana as their condition reasonably demands for medical purposes.
Proof of intent to sell marijuana without a license is usually made by circumstantial evidence (“indicia of sale”). 7
California Vehicle Code 23222(b) VC prohibits driving in possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana. It is a sister provision to the law against driving with an open container of alcohol in your vehicle. Proposition 64 did not change this law.
7. Is driving with marijuana a crime?
If the minor is over 14, but less than 18, the penalty is:
People under age 21 who possess marijuana can be charged with an infraction and sentenced to a fine (if at least 18) or to drug counseling and community service (if under 18).
4. What are the penalties for selling, gifting, transporting, or importing marijuana?
What may medical marijuana patients and primary caregivers legally do?
We do not anticipate federal prosecutors in California going after people who use or possess marijuana in accordance with California and local government regulations. We do, however, caution people to understand and comply with those laws, including restrictions on the use of marijuana at work.
Some cities and counties in California have ordinances for equity programs to help people negatively affected by the War on Drugs and create a more inclusive marketplace. Each ordinance supports equity applicants in different ways, such as:
California became the first state to allow medicinal cannabis use when voters passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996. Today, cannabis is legal in California for both medicinal and adult (recreational) use.
There are also statutes that set rules for people using cannabis in California. The Health and Safety Code has a section on cannabis with:
We have resources to help you understand the requirements:
Statutes, regulations and ordinances are all types of laws that work together to set rules for businesses and consumers.
The main statute for cannabis businesses in the Business and Professions Code. It is called the Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). MAUCRSA sets up a basic framework for licensing, oversight and enforcement.
DCC makes regulations for cannabis businesses. These regulations specify:
Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) regulations
The cannabis industry is strictly regulated to make sure:
If you run, work for or want to start a cannabis business, it’s important that you understand DCC’s regulations.