California Marijuana Information
Historically, California has been one of the most cannabis tolerant states, having first decriminalized marijuana in 1975. In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.
Unfortunately, voters failed to legalize marijuana for recreational use when it was put up for vote under Proposition 19 in 2010, BUT, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) was passed on November 8th, 2016, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21!
As a result of the newfound recreational legality, adults are legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time, and cultivate up to 6 plants – as long as they are out of public view.
Individuals seeking a medical marijuana identification card must first prove they are over the age of 18 and a California resident. A qualified patient may possess up to 8 ounces (half pound) of marijuana at one time. Qualified patients are also allowed to grow up to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants.
Culturally, California is pretty accepting of recreational pot. The state renowned for growing marijuana outdoors, but an unfortunate consequence of this is that many illegal growers have a reputation for damaging the National Forest. In addition to polluting nature, growers are threatening the ecosystem because marijuana is a non-native plant. If recreational use is legalized, people will be able to grow in more public places (like their backyards) and the threat to the National Forest will be reduced or eliminated.
Kush encourages discretion for all travelers. It isn’t unusual to see and smell weed in public in California, but use common sense and courtesy. Vape pens are often the best way to consume if you must in a public area. Don’t drive while high – you can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana in California. Even though cannabis is legal in California, if you do find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our California Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
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California Marijuana Dispensaries
California Frequently Asked Questions
Is Marijuana legal in California?
As of November 2016, both recreational and medical marijuana are legal. In order to purchase from a licensed store, you need a medical marijuana card, which you can get from specific doctors in the state. You must be a resident of California to get a card. Recreational shops will open in the near future, and all you will need is a state issued form of identification!
Can I get my Medical Card if I am not a California Resident?
No, legally you cannot get your medical marijuana card if you are not a California resident. That being said, you may hear stories of shady places giving them out to non-residents.
Where can I buy it?
If you are a California resident with a Medical Marijuana Card you can visit any of the thousands of state-licensed dispensaries in California. You can find these dispensaries using our map and guide. We do warn you to call ahead of time though. Many of these dispensaries have moved or closed due to the volatile medical laws in CA.
Recreational shops should open in the near future since AUMA was passed on the 8th of November, 2016
What do you need to purchase cannabis in marijuana shop?
As of January 2016, you need a medical card, which you can get from specific doctors in the state. After November 2016, once recreational shops open, you will just need any valid form of government-issued identification proving that you are over the age of 21.
What types of marijuana will the stores sell?
You will see a number of different flower strains categorized by their strains ranging from strong Indicas to strong Sativas and everything in between. Each strain can have different effects so be sure to ask the budtender for assistance in choosing the best marijuana for you. Strong Sativas strains are known for their general uplifting, energizing, and head high effects while Indicas are known for their full body highs and sedative effects.
Dispensaries will also sell a number of other types of marijuana products, including but not limited to:
- Concentrates: essential oils of the cannabis plant. Warning: these can be very potent!
- Edibles: Cannabis infused foods, candies, or drinks. Warning: These can be very potent! Be sure to check the serving size before enjoying and remember the effects can take up to an hour to hit you.
- Transdermal Products (Topicals): creams, lotions, massage oils and such infused with cannabis. These products are not psychoactive and will not get you high.
- Seeds: seeds that can be used to grow your own marijuana plants. Stores will have many different strains of Indicas and Sativas.
- Clones: healthy seedlings that are ready be grown.
How much will it cost?
The price of marijuana depends on strain and quality, but you can expect marijuana prices to be between $10 and $30 per gram.
How much Marijuana can I buy?
With your California Medical Marijuana Card, you are allowed to possess 8 ounces of usable cannabis.
Now that the recreational use of marijuana is legal, you can expect the limit of possession to be up to one ounce of marijuana flower.
Can I take my purchase home if I live in another state or country?
No. All marijuana and marijuana products purchased in California must be consumed in California.
Where can I consume my recent purchase?
Legally, you can only consume in a private residence. However, at many events in California you will see citizens openly consuming in public as a form of civil disobedience. California police aren’t known to hassle you unless you’re being obvious. Our best recommendation is to use discretion if you choose to smoke outside of a private residence. Since the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) was passed on the eighth of November, the amount of people consuming in public will likely rise.
How Many Marijuana Plants Can I Grow in California?
Adults over the age of 21 are allowed to grow up to 6 plants at a time! With the outrageously fertile nature of California soil, we would love to pop some seeds in the ground in the backyard and see what happens! Imagine getting off the beach and tending to your crop of 6 beautiful cannabis plants. Nirvana. One of the few stipulations to this law is that all plants must be out of sight of the general public, so get a tarp! Stay hippie, California!
What is a dab?
Dabs are often compared to the hard liquor of the cannabis world, and can be found in many forms. Dabs are the essential oils and waxes of the cannabis plant that are extracted and concentrated into a potent wax form. They are known for their high concentration of THC. Smoking a dab is much stronger than smoking flowers. If you are not a regular cannabis consumer with a high tolerance, we recommend using extreme caution.
If you’re considering purchasing or doing a dab, it is also important to know what is in the essential oil being offered or sold and if it is safe. Many extracts may not have been purged correctly, and may contain residual amounts of butane or other solvents. CO2 oil is often noted as the safest oil because critical extraction machines that use CO2 as the only solvent extract it.
Read more about BHO and Concentrates here: “What’s the Buzz about BHO”
What do I do if I walk up on an illegal outdoor grow in a National Forest?
If you suspect you may be close to a marijuana grow site, be quiet and leave the area immediately — do not investigate any further.
Marijuana is big business in California, and illegal growers have been known to use violence or kill if they feel threatened or think their crop is at risk. Outdoor cultivation on National Forest land is illegal and many times growers in these regions are associated with organized crime. This will likely dissipate if the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) is passed on the eighth of November.
When will new Marijuana Laws take effect in California?
Most bills go into effect on the first day of January of the following year. Urgency measures take effect immediately after they are signed or after they are allowed to become law without signature.
Considering the AUMA passed on November 8th, 2016, our guess is the laws will go into effect on January 1, 2017.
When will recreational Marijuana stores open up in California?
This question is completely up in the air and up to the determination of the state control board. Because the law is modeled after Colorado Law, we can anticipate stores opening up January 1, 2018.
Are there Marijuana tours in California?
There currently are no recreational marijuana tours, but some will likely be popping up soon with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis. More information on California Marijuana Tours can be found here!
If Marijuana is legalized can I still get in trouble?
Yes. You can always get in trouble at the federal level, but as long as you follow the rules for marijuana in California, state and local authorities will not have any issues with you. Even though cannabis is legal in California, if you do find yourself in a pinch with the law, check out our California Cannabis Lawyers page for help!
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