What Exactly Does Legalized Weed Mean?

Marijuana Education

Now that recreational weed is completely legalized in California, what does that mean exactly? Are you wondering where you can smoke? Where to buy? And how much you can have on your body? Below, we answer these and other pressing questions to help you navigate this newly legalized life.

Where can I smoke pot?

It is still illegal to smoke outdoors or in any public forum. But now that pot is legal, you can lawfully smoke in the comfort of your own home. Note that this is not a blanket statement for rentals, hotels, etc. In those situations, it is best that you refer to your landlord and/or rental management services for specifics.

In California, you cannot smoke marijuana in bars and restaurants, but if we’re to follow in Colorado’s footsteps, this possibility may not be too far off! In 2016, Denver voters approved a first-in-the-nation law allowing willing bars and restaurants to give patrons the option to use marijuana alongside a cocktail or meal. However, it’s not as easy as it seems. The establishments will first require neighborhood approval and the actual act of smoking will be relegated to outdoor consumption only.

I thought recreational pot was legalized, why can’t I purchase at the dispensary yet?

Yes, all pot is legal now in California, but unfortunately, the dispensaries that are currently open are still catering to medical users only. Unfortunately, now that pot is governed, it’s facing the same regulatory and bureaucratic issues that all other businesses encounter. There’s a lot of business regulations, tax laws, and city/state rules that must put into place. But come January 1st, 2018, the state is required to open applications for business licenses to legally sell recreational marijuana.  

How much weed can I legally purchase?

According to the Fresno Bee, “Dispensaries can sell no more than eight ounces of cannabis to a single patient in a single day.” But if you have a medical card, you can buy as much as your doctor’s prescription requires.

How much weed am I legally allowed to carry at one time?

As we learned above, you can buy up to eight ounces of cannabis per day, but it’s worth noting that adults 21 and older can only possess up to an ounce at a time.

Can I be fired for smoking weed?

Depends on your employer. While recreational weed is legal in California, your employee policy might forbid it. Prop 64 states that employers are allowed to test workers for marijuana use before hiring them, or at any point during their careers. If you test positive during any of these times, your employer can legally let you go.  

Can I smoke and drive?

Of course not. We can’t believe you’d even ask that! But since you did… driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs — including legal-use marijuana — is illegal in all states. Even though researchers and law enforcement technology has not yet caught up to real-time use (and therefore, unable to accurately test for precise levels of marijuana intoxication), states are drawing a hard line in the sand—it is illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana.  

The More You Know

Have even more questions about this newfound freedom? Check our article that answers your common questions about legalized weed to learn even more.