Know the Law

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which legalized the possession and use of cannabis by adults 21 years of age and older without a physician’s recommendation. In addition, Proposition 64 established a statewide regulatory framework covering all aspects of the commercial cannabis supply chain, from cultivation to testing, to manufacturing, distribution, and sales. Under the “local control” provisions of Proposition 64, each city and county in California can decide whether to allow commercial cannabis activities within their jurisdiction.

  • Proposition 64 legalized the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per residence for personal use by adults.
  • No matter where you live, cannabis businesses need BOTH a state and local license to legally operate.
  • Smoking cannabis or consuming cannabis products in public is prohibited.
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is prohibited.
  • Smoking cannabis or consuming cannabis products if you are under the age of 21 is ILLEGAL, unless you have a medical recommendation from a doctor.

Adult-Use vs. Medicinal Cannabis

Cannabis Criminal Penalties

Personal Cultivation in Unincorporated County Areas

State of California Department of Public Health “What’s Legal” Website