When marijuana was legalized in California and other states across the US, many people thought there were going to pot vendors on the side of the streets, people smoking it up in restaurant and having festivals in the city. If you live in California, you most likely have noticed that is not the case, but you may not know what some of the important new laws are. In this article, we are going to go over five facts to know about California’s new marijuana rules.

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1. Legal Marijuana Laws Are Strict

You won’t find children out purchasing marijuana. The law allows adults 21 and up to buy one single ounce of cannabis per day or you can purchase up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates which are found in marijuana edibles like brownies. Depending on the product, there are different amounts you are able to buy depending on the concentration.

When you want to buy you’ll need to visit one of the accredited San Francisco dispensaries or an accredited dispensary in another part of the state. These places are state-licensed recreational dispensaries and the only place you can legally buy cannabis.

When you come to purchase, you have to have a valid ID or driver’s license. You will most likely need cash since most dispensaries are not accepting credit cards. The availability of these stores is limited since the law states it is illegal to sell cannabis from between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

2. You’re Going to Pay Plenty

Buying legal cannabis isn’t expected to be inexpensive for quite some time. You are going to have to pay for the enjoyment of your favorite green plant. Some people are concerned that users will turn to the black market since it is so much cheaper there instead of going the legal route. There is a lot of work being done to make legal marijuana less expensive so this doesn’t happen.

3. No Pot in Public

Even if you see other people smoking pot in public, this is a big no-no. According to the Department of Public Health’s website, you cannot consume marijuana in any way while in public.

Smoking marijuana where it is illegal to smoke cigarettes is also illegal unless there is a local ordinance that specifically allows it. Right now private residences are the only places that will allow you to smoke marijuana legally. There are some cities that are considering making it legal in cafes and specified places.

4. No Pot While Riding or Driving in a Car

No joints or edibles while you are driving down the road. Similar to the state’s open container laws, there are also laws about how you can store marijuana. The container must be sealed and the seal must not be broken according to a California Highway Patrolman. If you are found violating the law, you are going to be slapped with a $70 fine.

5. Smoke As You Please In Your Home

If you own your home, you are able to smoke freely in your home. If you rent your home, it is up to the landlord whether they will allow you to smoke in the home or not. If they say they do not allow it, you are not allowed to smoke marijuana in the home they own.

Some people have questioned whether you can smoke marijuana in your home when children are around. So far there are no laws specifically prohibiting this action. Always make sure to stay current with the laws in case they do change and no longer allow for it.

Being able to freely use marijuana in the home is a big win for many recreational and medicinal users. While medical marijuana has been available to certain people, the new law opens things up much more so that anyone who feels cannabis can help them will now be able to use it as they see fit.

Health & Cannabis

While marijuana has been illegal federally with the allowance of medicinal uses, the benefits of smoking pot have become the center of debate with many people. Even though there are proven health benefits, people are afraid of what it might mean if marijuana is legalized all over.

According to the National Institutes of Health, cannabis has been used for over 3,000 years to treat various health ailments. 29 states have made marijuana available to help with medical issues and more are expected to follow.

People that have suffered from chronic pain note that smoking marijuana helps them keep the pain at bay. With chronic pain being the leading reason for disability this could mean big changes for over 25 million people in the US.

Besides for pain, studies have shown that marijuana can help people fight addictions to alcohol and harmful opioids. Other research noted that the use of marijuana can help with depression as well as PTSD systems.

While there are still mixed reviews and information on the topic, more and more people are getting on board with the fact that marijuana can help with various health issues.


Using marijuana in California is becoming easier and may continue to become easier, but make sure to stay upon the latest laws on the topic. You usually won’t see sudden changes without wide and public exposure, but you can never be too safe. Even though marijuana is helping people, you may get into trouble with the law if you fail to follow any of the provisions.