California’s Marijuana Laws: What you need to know.

Is marijuana legal in the state of California?

The answer: YES.

California, in 1996, passed Proposition 215, which made medical marijuana legal in the state.

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 64, passed on November 8th, 2016. This act legalizes the recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and over.

California has followed the way of just a handful of other states in completely legalizing the use of recreational marijuana for adults aged 21 and over.

While marijuana is legal in California, it is still regulated. Just like alcohol, there are rules and regulations that adults must follow to enjoy the use of marijuana and stay within the law.

  • A marijuana user must be 21 or over.
  • Marijuana cannot be used in public places
  • Marijuana cannot be used within 1000 feet of school, day care, or youth center, except for when in a private residence.
  • Cannabis cannot be consumed, nor can a person have an “open container” of cannabis while driving or riding.
  • You cannot use volatile solvents to manufacture concentrates.

While adults 21 and over have the legal right to use cannabis, there are some restrictions in place.

  • Employers still have the right to a drug and alcohol-free workplace
  • Landlords have the right to prohibit marijuana use in an owned space.
  • Government agencies have the right to prohibit the use of cannabis within a building they occupy.

How is Marijuana Regulated in California?

There are three governing bodies that will regulate marijuana use and sales. The Department of Consumer Affairs will be in charge of licensing retail outlets, the Department of Food and Agriculture will regulate cultivation, and the Department of Public Health will regulate manufacturing.

The newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control is the most comprehensive department regarding marijuana rules and regulations.

Phone: (833) 768-5880
Email: bcc@dca.ca.gov