It can be confusing to understand the ins and outs of what is legal when it comes to marijuana usage and possession in California. There is no doubt that the laws have changed, and you can smoke weed in the privacy of your own home, as well as grow it there—but what about all the other fine details that could possibly get you arrested if you aren’t fully aware?
If you are 21 or older and are planning to grow plants in your home, it is legal to have up to six plants, but they must be kept out of public view, and most cities have banned outdoor gardens, or they may require costly permits. If police suspect you are growing more than six plants, most likely they will need a warrant to check. And obviously, the worst thing you can do is sell this weed. Distributing to a minor is a felony, and you can face a list of charges, to include being sued by their parents and others.
Keep in mind also that marijuana laws are now more like those surrounding alcohol. If you have just left a dispensary, it is best to keep the purchased weed in your trunk, in a closed container. Law enforcement officials are trained to look for stoned drivers, and in many cases, you may be dealing with drug specialists who not only know how to detect drivers who are high but also other tests such as taking blood pressures. Blood tests may be taken later at the police station but are often not as effective when so much time has passed. You could also be cited for having weed sitting out in the open in your automobile.
Be cautious if you are planning to smoke weed and go somewhere, erring on the side of good judgment and taking an Uber or taxi. While you may be able to pass a sobriety test easily while high and may not feel any issues with driving, reaction times can be delayed, you may zone out while driving and do something erratic, or you may not have the wherewithal to drive as defensively as needed.
If you need legal assistance with a criminal matter, please call the Dolan Law Offices now. We will listen carefully to your concerns, review your case, and offer advice based on many years of experience. John Patrick Dolan understands California’s complex criminal defense laws including white collar crimes, DUI, domestic violence, sexual assault charges, and violent & serious felonies. At the Dolan Law Offices, we provide the experience you need to help you fight for your rights and best interests. Call us at (760) 775-3739 or contact us online as soon as possible.