FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CANNABIS LAW IN CALIFORNIA
Laws and regulations related to cannabis are constantly changing, and our Los Angeles legal team stays on top of the latest changes and trends so we can best serve our clients. This is a complex area of the law, and you need a lawyer who completely understands your rights and options. We’ve assembled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our clients. If you have further questions, we invite you to immediately meet with a member of the Shevin Law Group team.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT MARIJUANA LEGAL ISSUES
Is cannabis legal for adults in California?
Yes! On November 9, 2016, following the passage of Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) became law. Under AUMA, adults 21 and older may legally possess and give away up to 1 ounce of cannabis flower and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis. Adults may also cultivate 6 mature plants on their property which cannot be denied by local authorities. State licenses are now being issued to businesses for cultivation, extraction, distribution, transportation, testing and retail sales.
Is medical cannabis legal in California?
No! This is the single biggest misconception in the world of medical cannabis law in California. Medical cannabis is NOT legal. Presently, medical cannabis laws only provide defenses to criminal prosecution. This means that law enforcement can arrest you, confiscate your property, incarcerate you, and give your case to the prosecution if you possess over an ounce of marijuana (see below). At this point you have to bail out of jail and prepare to fight your case. Our skilled criminal attorneys can get between you and a criminal prosecution. If you are prosecuted, then it is your burden to prove that you have a legal defense as a qualified patient. If you encounter a problem, the first thing you should do is call an attorney who specializes in these issues.
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