What Does Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mean for Californians?
What Does Recreational Marijuana Legalization Mean for Californians?

As of Jan. 1, recreational marijuana is now legal in California. In 2016, Californians voted yes on Proposition 64, legalizing the sale of recreational pot. The state began issuing licenses to marijuana retailers last week.

Californians who plan to indulge in the now-legal substance should only do so with a clear understanding of the law. While the sale of recreational marijuana is now legal, that does not mean that it is legal to be under the influence of marijuana in every setting. There are still regulations and laws that apply, as with other legal substances, like alcohol.

Here are 7 things Californians should know about recreational marijuana legalization:

  1. Only adults ages 21 and older can legally possess, transport or buy marijuana recreationally.
  2. Smoking marijuana is still prohibited in public places, unless it is allowed by a local ordinance.
  3. The law does not specifically change the status between employers and employees. Thus, employees could still be drug tested, and companies can choose to fire someone for failing a drug test.
  4. Drivers may only transport marijuana in their vehicles by keeping it in a container in the trunk.
  5. Driving under the influence of marijuana and/or consuming marijuana in a vehicle are both illegal.
  6. Private businesses can get a license for on-site marijuana consumption, but they can also choose to prohibit consumption at their venues.
  7. Selling recreational marijuana or growing it requires a state license. Selling it without a license can result in penalties including fines and jail time.

“It’s important for Californians to have a good understanding of the law concerning recreational marijuana. Just because it is legal to purchase and possess does not mean there are no rules,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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