It is possible to grow, transport, sell, possess, and use cannabis and still enjoy the protections of California law. In some cases it can get complicated, but you can do it. Because it is so important that you understand the laws before getting involved in this industry, we offer a 1 hour free consultation to everyone. This way you can sit down with an attorney in our office who can answer all of your questions related to cannabis in California. By the time you leave our office, you will have an understanding of exactly what you can and cannot do in order to stay in compliance with California laws. To set up a meeting, please call our office at 415-441-1776 ext. 100.
The following are regulations pertaining to the state of California. They are not recognized by the federal government, and are not a defense to any federal charge.
Personal Cannabis Activity
Below is information on Adult Use, for information on Medicinal Cannabis Use click the link above.
Adult Use: it is now legal for those 21 and older to possess, transport, purchase, consume, and share up to 28.5 grams or up to 8 grams in concentrates and grow up to 6 plants in accordance with local ordinances.
Penalty Reduction: Prop 64 reduced penalties on marijuana related charges. This law is retroactive and if it applies to you, there is a chance that your prior or current case could be re-sentenced, dismissed, or sealed. If you think that you may qualify, you should contact the Scot Candell & Associates and speak with an attorney.
Commercial Cannabis Activity
Under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) there are three main governing bodies responsible for licensing, regulation, and enforcement for differing commercial cannabis businesses.
Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC): distributors, retailers, microbusinesses, temporary cannabis events, and testing laboratories
California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA): cultivation
California Department of Public Health (CDPH): manufacturing
It is important to note that you need both a state license AND local authorization. There are currently 58 counties and 482 municipalities in California. Before you begin operation make sure you are in compliance with the local regulations governing your premises.