California Marijuana Laws
California marijuana laws changed drastically with the decriminalization of possession (under 28 grams) and legalization of medical marijuana under the Compassionate Use Act (Proposition 215). It is now akin to a traffic ticket and is only an infraction with no possible jail time involved. But possession with intent to sell, possession or sale of more than 28 grams, and non-medical cultivation of marijuana are still serious crimes in California that often carry prison sentences upon conviction.
Medical Marijuana Protections
In order to qualify for the protections afforded by California's medical cannabis laws, a person must be either a qualified patient or a primary caregiver. A person is considered to be a qualified patient if a physician recommends or approves of their medical use of marijuana. Typically, this means that the doctor will give a written recommendation to the patient as proof of the patient's status that entitles them to use, possess, and cultivate cannabis.
|Code Section||Health & Safety §11000, et seq.; 11357, et seq.; §11362.5 medical use of marijuana|
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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- California Law
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
Related Resources for Marijuana Laws:
- California Drug Possession Laws
- California Drug Distribution Laws
- California Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing Laws
- Los Angeles Criminal Legal Blog - Drug Crimes
- California Drug Courts
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The legalization of medical marijuana has led many to feel that marijuana possession and use aren't "really" illegal. The truth is that marijuana use and possession in California can still result in serious criminal charges. If you get charged with a marijuana crime it is time to contact a local attorney for a free consultation to discuss how they can help with your case.