California Weed Laws: A Guide To Cannabis Consumption

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California became the first US state to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996. In 2016, exactly 20 years later, Californians voted to legalize recreational cannabis use under Proposition 64. On January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana was officially legalized in the state of California. Whether you’re a California local or just visiting, here’s everything you need to know about California weed laws.

Who Can Buy Cannabis in California?

Anyone over 21 years of age can buy recreational cannabis in California. All you need is a valid photo ID, like a driver’s license or passport. Medical users must be at least 18 years old and will need a medical marijuana card or a valid prescription from their physician.

Where Can You Buy Cannabis in California?

Adult-use customers can buy cannabis from any dispensary with an adult-use license. Medical patients can buy cannabis from any dispensaries with a medical cannabis license. Some dispensaries have both medical and adult-use licenses.

Adults can also buy/sell or receive up to 1 ounce of cannabis to/from another adult. You can also legally get cannabis delivered from dispensaries using services like greenrush.

How much cannabis can you buy in California?

Adults can legally buy or transport up to 1 ounce of cannabis flowers or 8g of concentrate. Any excess cannabis needs to be stored out of sight in a locked space in a person’s private residence.

Can You Grow Cannabis in California?

Yes, adults 21 years or over can grow up to 6 plants in their private residence at a time.

What Can't You Do in California?

There are some strict regulations under new California weed laws. Under the state’s current laws, it is illegal to:

  • Consume cannabis (either by smoking, vaping, or eating) in public spaces. Note that some local governments may permit cannabis consumption in certain licensed spaces.
  • Consume cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare or youth center while children are present, except at a private residence.
  • Consume cannabis while driving or riding as a passenger in any motor vehicle. It is also illegal to travel in a motor vehicle or drive with an open container of cannabis unless it is stored in the trunk of the car.
  • Possess or consume cannabis on the grounds of a school, day care, or youth center while children are present.
  • Manufacture cannabis concentrates with volatile solvents that contain explosive chemicals such as butane.

Other restrictions:

Under California weed laws, landlords or other private entities and government bodies can restrict or prohibit cannabis use on their properties.

Find The Best Dispensaries In California

Now that you know all there is to know about California weed laws, it’s time to try some of that famous Cali green. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite Californian dispensaries:

Cannabis Express San Francisco

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Cannabis Express is a trusted San Francisco dispensary. For a taste of some great California-grown flower, either check out Korova Super Silver Haze (an uplifting sativa) or Platinum OG by FloraCan (a hard-hitting indica). Alternatively, if you want to try vaping, check out this Relief Disposable Pen by Dosist. With a blend of both THC and CBD, it offers calming effects and is great at relieving physical tension and pain.

Marie's Deliverables

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Marie’s Deliverables is another top dispensary in San Francisco that delivers all around the peninsula.

Some of our favorite products at Marie’s Deliverables include this Care By Design 18:1 CBD Vape Pen. It has an 18:1 CBD:THC ratio, meaning its great for relieving stress, anxiety, and even physical symptoms without producing a strong psychoactive “high.”

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more psychedelic experience, make sure to try these Prism Indica Pre-Rolls. Made with top-shelf flower, these pre-rolls contain both THC and CBD to produce a well-balanced, relaxing, and soothing experience.

Cali Xpress

Cali Xpress serves the San Francisco area and carries a great line of disposable vape pens. One of our favorites is this Khafiha Kush Pen by LIV. It contains 0.25g of top-shelf Khalifa Kush, a hybrid strain bred especially for Mr. Khalifa himself. Alternatively, try this Sour Jack Pen by LIV for a more uplifting, sativa-dominant experience.

Compassionate Bay Delivery Salinas

If you’re looking to get great cannabis delivered in the Salinas and Monterey areas, Compassionate Bay Delivery is perfect.

Make sure to try this Flaming Ape Sauce by Raw Garden. It’s a very potent concentrate that offers a completely different euphoria to what you’d get from a flower. Alternatively, try these Terra Blueberry Bites edibles for a delicious cannabis experience.

Left Coast Collective South Bay

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Last but not least on our list of top California dispensaries is Left Coast Collective.

Make sure to try their Platinum Huckleberry Cookies Live Resin by 710 labs; it delivers a potent, long-lasting euphoria that combines a gentle mix of physical relaxation with some light cerebral stimulation as well. Also, make sure to try out this Kosher Kush Concentrate by Team Elite for a more indica-dominant experience that’ll leave you totally relaxed.

The Easiest Way To Buy Weed

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