On January 1, 2018 licensed shops in California will be legally allowed to sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21, with a valid ID.
Al though this may be the case, there are still rules in place. You won’t (or shouldn’t) see kids smoking pot on the street or outside of a movie theater. Here are a couple of quick facts to the new CA marijuana laws:
Q: So, will people be smoking weed on the streets?
A: Not legally. State law says no one can consume marijuana in public, even in areas where it’s legal to smoke cigarettes. That means no smoking on the streets, in bars, in parks, etc. Anyone caught smoking weed in public faces a fine of $100 to $250.
People can already smoke cannabis in their own homes or other private property. And a small number of cities plan to allow cannabis lounges after Jan. 1
Q: Can I have marijuana in my car while I’m driving?
A: The rules here are pretty much the same as with alcohol.
You can’t consume marijuana while you’re driving. You can’t have an open container that’s accessible, meaning you have to leave anything you’ve bought at the store in its sealed package until you get home. Better yet, throw your products in the trunk.
Q: Can jobs still test for marijuana now that it’s legal?
A: Yes, they still can. Prop. 64 clearly stated that employers can test workers for marijuana and choose to not hire new workers — or fire existing workers — for any positive test. And some employers, such as federal agencies or transportation workers, are required to test for cannabis.
Q: How do I know if a marijuana business is legit?
A: Licensed marijuana businesses that are open to the public must post a copy of their permits in public view.
You can also check with the state agency responsible for overseeing that type of business.
Q: Is there any reason to still have a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana?
A: Californians with medical marijuana cards will have some advantages after Jan. 1.