On Monday, January 1, 2018, the Sunshine States gives the green light to adult-use recreational marijuana, making smoking weed in California easier than ever. Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, but the passing of SB 94 marks the first time anyone 21 years of age or older can buy weed from a cannabis provider without fear of legal repercussion. Possession of up to one ounce of flower, eight grams of concentrates, and six plants becomes perfectly legal for adults wanting to experience recreational weed in California.
This could be the critical moment that shifts federal governance regarding marijuana: California is home to the sixth largest economy in the world, and tax revenue from legal weed sales could change the shape of marijuana laws across the country. SB 94 will definitely be a game changer in many ways, but its regulations and requirements may alter how you’re used to getting your hands on and enjoying your green. Be prepared when the new year rolls around with this handy guide on recreational marijuana in California.
First thing’s first: medical marijuana won’t be going anywhere, at least for the time being. There will be both medical-grade weed and adult-use weed in California come January 1. Before a state-issued license can be obtained, recreational marijuana businesses must receive approval from their local government. Some cities will allow medical facilities but say no to adult-use businesses. What is true in San Francisco might be different in San Diego, and what is allowed in Los Angeles might get you into big trouble in Sacramento.
Deliveries Are Changing
Tick-tock: deliveries might stop at 10 o’clock
greenRush customers, take note! Most cities have set legal operating hours between 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., however, these are subject to change. If you’re ordering with us, make sure you give you courier enough time to get to you by 10pm. Orders may be canceled if a delivery cannot be made by this time.
We won’t be charging any extra fees
Regardless of the new changes to recreational deliveries in California, we won’t be charging any extra fees. Dispensaries will set their delivery fees as usual, but if you order through greenRush, we won’t charge you extra!
Bay Area Blues
Delivery times may vary in the new year, especially in San Francisco. As of January 1, the city will require marijuana delivery drivers to have a full list of orders before departing their dispensary, and new weed orders cannot be dispatched until that driver returns to the store. Pro-tip: Don’t wait until the last minute! Leave yourself a nug to enjoy while you wait a little longer for your re-up to arrive.
Are you really who you say you are?
Whereas medicating with cannabis is legal is legal for those ages 18 and older with a doctor’s recommendation, adult-use weed is restricted to 21 and uppers. If you want to experience the glories of recreational weed in California, expect to present legal identification whether your get your smokey treats delivered or if you visit your local budtender. All recreational greenRush deliveries will require you to present I.D.
You’re going to pay more for weed now, but it’s a good thing. No, really!
There will be an additional 15% tax on marijuana—both recreational and medicinal—under SB 94. Card holding medical marijuana patients will be exempt from state tax, but their purchases will still be subject to any applicable local taxes, just like adult-use buyers. How could this possibly be a good thing?
This new tax source will be used to fund radical endeavors: research, community investment, youth drug education, environmental restoration, and reinvesting in local governments. A breakdown of the usage of tax funds is available through the Drug Policy Alliance. If a community opts out of adult-use marijuana in their jurisdiction, however, they will miss out on these new funds. It will be interesting to see if and how the distribution of an estimated one billion dollars in annual tax revenue changes where adult-use weed is or is not permitted.
Good things come in new packages
Say goodbye to gummies and other playful edible treats. SB 94 aims to keep minors away from adult-use cannabis, and that means no more whimsical goodies that entice youngsters. Strict packaging guidelines will affect both flowers and edibles—which can no longer contain dosages over 100mg of THC. Child and tamper-proof containers will become compulsory for adult-use marijuana.
Once recreational weed in California goes ahead, businesses have 180 days to dispense any product that they have on hand that does not meet these standards. If you’ve got a favorite brightly-colored or high-dosage edible, now is the time to stock up for the winter… and beyond.
What happens in Cali, stays in Cali
Recreational weed in California does not include California airports. Marijuana will not be carry-on compliant so don’t bring home a souvenir that could land you in trouble when you touch down back home. Airports are federally regulated so even flying within the state with marijuana is not allowed.
Keep it at home
Adult-use marijuana may not be consumed in public, but medical card holders can still spark up where tobacco use is allowed. The same is true for smoking in your vehicle. Open containers of marijuana are a punishable offense, even under the new laws. There is a light at the end of the joint though: SB 94 has a provision for local governments to allow for onsite consumption at licensed facilities. Soon it may be possible to enjoy a smoke at your local dispensary just like you might enjoy a beer at your favorite brewery.
Clean up your permanent record
Cannabis crimes virtually become a thing of the past California on January 1. Most charges have been eliminated or drastically reduced under the new law. Past non-violent infractions can be expunged from criminal records now, and those currently serving sentences related to marijuana can apply for resentencing.
Everyone can benefit from recreational weed in California, but there will be a learning curve to get all businesses and individuals up to speed. greenRush will be keeping you up to date with the latest developments, so keep checking back for more information!