Clearing up cannabis confusion in California: What you need to know

Recreational marijuana is now legal in California, after voters said “Yes” to Proposition 64 in November.

Here are some frequently asked questions to clear up the cannabis confusion:


Q: How much pot am I legally allowed to possess on my person?

A: 28.5 grams or about 1 ounce

Q: How old do I have to be to smoke recreational pot?

A: At least 21 years old.

Q: What other states have legalized recreational marijuana?

A: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington

Q: Am I allowed to grow my own marijuana?

A: Yes. You are allowed to grow up to 6 plants for personal use.

Q: Are there shops in the state now where I can buy recreational marijuana?

A: Not yet. You still need to have a medical marijuana card to make purchases at dispensaries. The state is figuring out the rules and regulations to sell recreational use marijuana, which will likely take most of 2017.

Q: Can I smoke weed in public?

A: No, you can only smoke in a private space.

Q: Am I allowed to smoke weed and drive?

A: “Whether it’s marijuana, a prescription drug and unknown substance or alcohol, if any of those impair your driving, you’re subject to DUI laws in California,” California Highway Patrol Capt. Josh Ehlers said.

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