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Possession

As of November 8, 2016, with passage of Prop 64, it is now Legal to Possess (and Give) an ounce of Marijuana & 8 grams of Hashish; California Health & Safety Code § 11362.1, 11362.45;

LAW: POSSESSION, BY ADULTS OVER 21, OF AN OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA AND EIGHT GRAMS OF HASHISH IS LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA: It is legal to possess, process, transport, purchase, obtain or give away by and to persons 21 years of age or older without any compensation whatsoever, not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, or eight grams of concentrated cannabis (hashish), including either amount contained in marijuana products. (See page 10, 11, and 12 regarding how to avoid conviction).

REDUCTIONS AND DISMISSALS OF PRIOR MARIJUANA FELONIES

Note from Bruce: PROP 64 AlSO PROVIDES FOR MOST PRIOR MARIJUANA FELONIES TO BE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANORS OR EVEN DISMISSED IN SOME CASES The law is retroactive, meaning defendants can have their conviction reduced to what it would have been at the time if Prop 64 had been in effect and in some cases dismissed altogether (H&S § 11361.8)
Exceptions Include: transportation out of state, violation of environmental laws, prior sex ofenses, and serious or prior violent felonies and marijuana convictions involving minors.

POSSESSION REMAINS ILLEGAL IN REGARDS TO THE FOLLOWING CASES:

  • Smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products in any public place, except in accordance with Section 26200 of the Business and Professions Code ($100 infraction*).

Note from Bruce: Smoking or ingesting marijuana in a condo or apartment where it has been prohibited by the landlord, owner, or condo manager can get you evicted!

  • Smoke marijuana or marijuana products in a location where smoking tobacco is prohibited. ($100 infraction*).
  • Smoke marijuana or marijuana products within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center* while children are present at such a school, day care center, or youth center*, except in or upon the grounds of a private residence or in accordance with Section 26200 of, or Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 19300) of Division 8 of, the Business and Professions Code and only if such smoking is not detectable by others on the grounds of such a school, day care center, or youth center* while children are present ($100 infraction*).
  • Possess an open container or open package of marijuana or marijuana products while driving, operating, or riding in the passenger seat or compartment of a motor vehicle, boat, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle used for transportation ($250 infraction*). Per SB94, it is ok to store open containers in trunk. Patients with doctor recommendation or country issued health department card may have unsealed containers.
  • Possess, smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products in or upon the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center* while children are present ($100 infraction*).
  • Manufacture concentrated cannabis using a volatile solvent*, unless done in accordance with a license under Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 19300) of Division 8 of, or Division 10 of, the Business and Professions Code. (Felony Conviction: 3-5 Years in Prison)
  • Smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products while driving, operating a motor vehicle, boat, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle used for transportation . ($250 infraction*).
  • Smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products while riding in the passenger seat or compartment of a motor vehicle, boat, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle used for transportation except as permitted on a motor vehicle, boat, vessel, aircraft, or other vehicle used for transportation that is operated in accordance with Section 26200 of the Business and Professions Code and while no persons under the age of 21 years are present. ($250 infraction*)..
  • Nothing in this section shall be construed or interpreted to amend, repeal, afect, restrict, or preempt patient laws pertaining to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Except to the product must be in a sealed container while in the vehicle.
  • For purposes of this section, “day care center” has the same meaning as in Section 1596.76.
  • For purposes of this section, “smoke” means to inhale, exhale, burn, or carry any lighted or heated device or pipe, or any other lighted or heated marijuana or marijuana product intended for inhalation, whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or in any form. “Smoke” includes the use of an electronic smoking device that creates an aerosol or vapor, in any manner or in any form, or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in a place.
  • • (a) For purposes of this section, “volatile solvent” means volatile organic compounds, including: (1) explosive gases, such as Butane, Propane, Xylene, Styrene, Gasoline, Kerosene, O2 or H2; and (2) dangerous poisons, toxins, or carcinogens, such as Methanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylene Chloride, Acetone, Benzene, Toluene, and Trichloroethylene.
  • (b) For purposes of this section, “youth center” has the same meaning as in Section 11353.1 of the Health & Safety Code

*Court Assessments on fnes are added

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