If you have been living under the rock recently, here’s some news for you. The state of California has passed a law decriminalizing marijuana and making it available recreationally for any adult Californian, not just for those with medicinal needs.
So, if you don’t know much about this law, there are some things that you may not have known it allows you to do.
Clear Your Criminal Record
If you have been convicted of a marijuana-related crime, there’s a chance that you can retroactively clear your record thanks to the new law. You will need to petition the court which sentenced you in order to do that. Since most of us aren’t skilled enough to run our own court cases, it is recommended that you consult a good criminal attorney to help you with your case.
Keep in mind that courts will only revisit the cases which have been since decriminalized. If you want to learn more about the specific changes brought on by the Proposition 64, consult this article https://www.monderlaw.com/news/450-san-diego-prop-64-criminal-lawyer. Even if you are only able to reclassify your felony conviction to a misdemeanor, it can still help you significantly.
You Can Grow Industrial Hemp
Whereas the main focus of the media’s coverage of Proposition 64 has been on decriminalizing marijuana and making it available to the public, that’s not the only thing this law made legal. Namely, the hemp plant, a close relative of cannabis has long been illegal in the USA. Even though Obama’s administration opened the door for states to permit cultivation of hemp in 2014’s Agriculture Act, it was only with the recently passed law that it has been formally legalized in California.
Hemp has numerous uses, most of which are revolving around its durable and health-friendly fibers which are used to produce anything from ropes to clothes and bags. However, hemp has proven to have some use in the cosmetics industry as well, so it is being used and researched extensively for those purposes as well.
You Can Grow Your Own Marijuana
If you are set on using marijuana recreationally, you may be interested to learn that you can now legally grow marijuana in your home for personal use. However, keep in mind that this ‘personal use’ clause really restricts the number of plants you are allowed to have.
Currently, this limit is 6 plants along with one ounce of pot, so make sure that you do not exceed these limits. This may be interesting to people who want to enjoy recreational marijuana now, since they may have to wait for a while until it is available in retail shops. The dispensaries which issue medicinal marijuana cannot sell to recreational users, and recreational dispensaries won’t open for a while, not until they are approved by the state, which will take a while.
Police Interaction with the Public Changes, Too
Seeing how marijuana is legal now, the police cannot use the smell of marijuana as a cause for a search of your home or person. Marijuana is supposed to be treated like alcohol in California from now on. However, just like with alcohol, you are not allowed to drive a car if you’re under the influence of marijuana.
Smoking in public is still prohibited, especially near schools, daycare centers, or any other children-oriented institutions.
Local Governments Decide What Is Legal
Despite the fact that the state has decriminalized marijuana, it is the local governments that have the last word when it comes to the recreational use of marijuana. Some cities and municipalities have already declared that they would not endorse the recreational use of this plant. Be careful to research properly whether your town permits this activity before you indulge.