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Marijuana in California: Under 21 and Charged with Possession

By August 27, 2019 No Comments

Marijuana laws have relaxed, to say the least—and for many of us, it can be confusing to understand some of the gray areas that still seem to exist in California. Many parts of the new legislation regarding marijuana are very clear, however. And that begins with age. If you are under 21, it is illegal to possess marijuana in any form—whether smoking, vaping, or growing. As with underage drinking, there is little ambiguity regarding marijuana in that respect. If you have been charged, there could be numerous legal penalties, beginning with fines, community service, and more.

In some cases, drug counseling may also be recommended if you have been charged with possession. This type of education is usually brief, but may be combined with hours of community service and fines. It is important to consult with a skilled California attorney knowledgeable about drug charges, and especially the complexities regarding marijuana.. Growing, selling, or transporting marijuana can result in additional charges. Dolan Law Ofices has been handlng “under 21” matters for decades and can help you receive a favorable outcome.

If you are over 21 and planning to grow your own marijuana plants outside, it is legal to have six plants at your residence—and for medicinal use, possibly more. Avoid legal headaches however, by checking with your municipality to see if there are any ordinances prohibiting or restricting such activity; in many cases, growing weed at home is not as simple as planting it in the backyard. If you are renting your home or apartment, marijuana may also be prohibited by the landlord.

And while driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal for minors, the same goes for adults. Smoking weed or eating edibles is illegal while driving, and if you are transporting it in your car, it must be sealed in a container. Just as drinking drivers may be stopped and charged—whether during routine traffic violations or deliberate checkpoint areas—individuals driving high may be evaluated and charged. Blood tests may also be required.

If you have been arrested on a drug-related charge, 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 and our office will 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.