The Rules of Recreational Cannabis in San Francisco
California has been on the forefront of the legalization of cannabis, going all the way back to 1972 with the nation’s first ballot initiative to legalize cannabis. Although there were many successful attempts, California eventually became the first state to legalize the medical use of cannabis with the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Then, in November 2016, voters approved Proposition 64, which legalized the recreational use of cannabis beginning in January of 2018.
So, How Does this Work?
Although recreational cannabis is legal, there are still a few rules that you need to follow.
Who can Buy, Possess or Use Cannabis?
-You have to be at least 21 years old to buy, use or hold recreational cannabis. Using includes vaping, smoking or eating any products that are infused with cannabis.
-The only place to legally buy cannabis is at state licensed establishments.
How much Cannabis can I Buy?
-There is a limit to the amount of cannabis that you may have at any time. The maximum is 8 grams of concentrated cannabis and 28.5 grams of plant material.
Where can I Use Cannabis?
-You smoke or consume cannabis on private property
-It is illegal to smoke, eat or consume cannabis in pubic areas
-It is illegal to possess or consume cannabis of Federal Lands under California State Law. This includes national parks and attractions such as Alcatraz, Presidio and Marin Headlands.
-it is illegal to smoke in locations where smoking is currently illegal, such as bars and restaurants.
-Driving under the influence of cannabis is a crime.
-Selling or giving and cannabis products to minors is a crime.
-You cannot take cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state that has legalized cannabis for recreational use.
*This represents the current information available at the time it was written and can become outdated. This article should not be considered legal advice. Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, cannabis is still classified as a Schedule 1 Drug and still unlawful under federal laws. Contact an Attorney with any specific legal questions.