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What Does Legalization of Marijuana for Recreational Use in California Mean?

Photo: Marijuana PlantMarijuana legalization in California has been a hot topic for years, and this progressive state finally passed its own laws regarding weed.

Let’s take a look at how the new law in California will work and what it means for people who are seeking recreational use of marijuana without legal consequences.

What Does the New California Marijuana Law Allow?

Beginning on January 1 of this year, the new marijuana laws passed under Proposition 64 in California had the following elements:

  • Anyone Over the Age of 21 Can Buy Marijuana – Licensed shops can sell marijuana to anyone older than 21 who show a valid ID. Buyers are limited to an ounce of marijuana.
  • Establishes Temporary Licenses For Every Marijuana Business – This puts hundreds of marijuana dispensaries into play.
  • Bans Marijuana Smoking In Public – Anyone who violates this law is fined from $100 to $250.
  • Allows Marijuana Smoking In Private –  People can smoke marijuana legally at their homes, on private property or at cannabis lounges.
  • Requires Testing of Marijuana – Any licensed shop that wants to sell marijuana must have its products tested to ensure purity, and to ensure that the marijuana has no pesticides, molds, or other contaminants. Marijuana is also tested to ensure proper THC and CBD levels.
  • Allows Employers To Test Employees For Marijuana – Employees can still test employers for marijuana, and can decline to hire a candidate if that person fails the test.
  • Bans State Sales Tax For People With Medical Marijuana Prescriptions – Medicinal marijuana users will save eight percent in sales tax, and are allowed to buy marijuana with a concentration of 2,000 milligrams of THC.
  • Bans Marijuana Dispensaries From Being Within 600 Feet of Schools
  • Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Close By 10 p.m. and To Install 24-Hour Video Surveillance.

What Are Some of the Things Californians Can Expect With This New Marijuana Law?

The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in California is likely to have some consequences in terms of the state’s economy.

The new law is expected to bring what was once a shadowy, underground economy into full light, and a black market marijuana industry that was worth $13.5 billion, is estimated to be worth $5.1 billion in 2018 as a legitimate business.

Legalization is also expected to increase the number of people who choose to grow marijuana plants for private use. The state allows individuals to grow six plants for personal use, but experts believe that legalization will encourage people to grow more plants than the law allows.

Why You Will Still Need a Drug Defense Lawyer

Marijuana legalization for personal use doesn’t mean that you are immune from being arrested for a possession or distribution charge that falls outside the boundaries of your state’s written laws.

And remember that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, so if you violate federal drug charges, prosecutors will go after you. That’s why you need the expertise of a firm such as the Elden Law Group. For more than 30 years we have defended clients on drug charges. Please call us today at (888) 991-9353 for a free legal consultation.


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