Cannabis is now legal in the state of California for both medicinal and adult use for those 21 and older. Even so, there is a lot of misinformation about cannabis. Uninformed cannabis users may put themselves at risk and inadvertently help support illegal black-market companies, which outnumber legal companies in California by five to one.
Before you decide to buy or consume cannabis, there are some important facts you need to know. As with any substance you choose to take, doing your homework can help you have a safe, effective and enjoyable experience.
Here are some important facts you might not know about cannabis laws and safety.
Key cannabis laws in the state of California
Although recreational cannabis has been legal for adults since January 1, 2018, you still need to keep safety in mind and use it responsibly.
Commercial cannabis is a highly regulated industry, and in California, the Bureau of Cannabis Control is dedicated to its safe, legal use. This agency is responsible for licensing retailers and distributors, inspecting laboratories, and regulating temporary and pop-up cannabis events.
You must be 21 years or older to possess, give, purchase or sell cannabis in California. Laws regarding the legal sale of cannabis vary from county to county, and even from city to city within the same county.
It is against California law to:
— Drive under the influence of cannabis.
— Drive with an open container of cannabis.
— Smoke cannabis in public (or anywhere tobacco is banned).
It is important to remember that possession or sale of cannabis is not legal under federal law.
Published: July 08, 2019
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News