Californians legalized cannabis and the whole world is abuzz about it. But before you go skipping down the sidewalk with a jay in hand, you probably want to know the facts about California recreational marijuana.
First of all, no drugged driving. We know you’ve had your medical card since 1996, and you’re not a dummy, but sometimes things happen. It can be easy to rationalize an emergency pick-up or a quick trip to the store for the milk, but if you just put down the vaporizer, don’t do it. Stoned driving is the legal equivalent to drunk driving and it’s dangerous to boot. Carrying pot is okay, but if the package’s seal is broken, keep it in the trunk.
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Public smoking is also a no-no and it carries with it a $100 fine. Still, if you accidentally happen to be near a school or playground, that fine goes up exponentially. It’s best to consume at home, at a friend’s house or the nearest social club where you can meet some likeminded new friends.
Purchasing cannabis also comes with restrictions. You can buy one ounce of marijuana at a time, but if you go to the shop down the street and get a second ounce that same day, you’re subject to a $500 fine or even some jail time. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do.
Grow your own! Growing your own cannabis is a rewarding thing to do for many reasons beyond having inexpensive and plentiful legal weed. (If you grow your own, you can keep whatever your crop happened to be from your six plants.) Gardening is therapeutic and whether you grow hydroponically or utilize the golden California sun, it’s just a feel-good activity.
You can also go to the dispensary without a medical card. Walking into a pot shop and not needing anything but your wallet is a yet a treat in newly legalized California. You need prove nothing in order to score what may be your medicine, your good times or your destressor for the week.
Finally, you can discuss recreational cannabis in any volume you’d like. Shout it from the rooftops or have a gossip fest at the grocery store. You still might want to keep it quiet around those not old enough to imbibe, but let your freedom ring!