California will become the latest state to legalize cannabis for recreational use. With legalization, a new marketplace arrives, and new California cannabis laws come with it.
January 1st. marks a high-time for California. The state expects the new legal cannabis industry to bring it over $4 billion dollars a year. However, an extensive list of rules and regulations come with it. Josh Drayton of the Cannabis Industry Association, warns that the industry will be different than expected. He says,
“You know this is not going to just be full legality without regulation. Many of us that have been activists in this world for a long time have been waiting for this, but it is going to be much different than a lot of folks anticipated.”
Here’s a rundown of the limits set out to Californians:
- Californians aged 21 and older are allowed to carry up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrates.
- You will be allowed to grow up to six plants at home. Plants must be in a locked area not visible from outside the property.
- Cannabis is still illegal on the federal level. Employers in California can fire you for violating drug-free workplace rules.
- You can buy pot from any licensed dispensary, but, there will still be dispensaries that only sell to patients with a medical need.
- Retailers are allowed to sell and deliver cannabis goods between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
However, there are caveats. Only around 30-percent of counties have passed laws that allow the sale of recreational pot come January 1st. This will mean a strain on business in areas that have banned it. It is estimated that a high volume of sales will be made by companies that deliver cannabis. But even with new California cannabis laws, local communities have the ability to ban those too. Lori Ajax, Chief of the Californian Bureau of Cannabis Control says,
“For those areas that have banned it, the state won’t be able to issue licenses there.”
California Cannabis Laws Don’t Change State Law
- Californians are still not allowed to smoke weed in public
- Californians can smoke in a private residence, but landlords can restrict smoking on their property
- Cannabis and driving will be treated similarly to alcohol
- Open containers of marijuana kept outside the trunk can get you arrested
Law enforcement officials in California are warning residents that cannabis is much more potent than the past. They are urging caution when getting behind the wheel after consuming any amount of marijuana. California cannabis laws will surely change as states adjust to the new norm. And Californians should brace themselves for change. Drayton touched on this point, he says,
“This is going to be many years of working at the state level. Working, you know, with localities, and really making this go as smooth as possible. This is going to be an enormous industry in California, and we’ve never seen anything like this before.”