What are the rules?
Marijuana is legal in California, but that doesn’t mean anything goes.
In fact, legal weed shouldn’t mean cannabis in the park, on the front porch or at playground. Marijuana is a private matter.
Public consumption of marijuana in any form is strictly forbidden. Anywhere someone might see you consume is the wrong place to consume. That includes in a car in a public parking lot.
Marijuana is also an adult matter. You must be 21 years old to use recreational marijuana. And just like alcohol, it’s illegal to share marijuana with your underage friends and family.
Another way marijuana is like alcohol? Don’t consume and drive. Both alcohol and marijuana impair judgement and reaction time, making you a less-safe driver. Marijuana, like alcohol, also can’t be available to the driver or passengers while the car is on the road.
And of course, you can get a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana.
The boss can say “no” to your marijuana use, too. If you work for an employer who has a drug-free workplace, you could be putting your job at risk. Employers are under no obligation to accommodate the new marijuana laws.
The same is true of housing. If the landlord says no to marijuana, it is a condition of your rental agreement and could be putting your housing at risk.
Want to learn more about the laws regarding marijuana? Download our fact sheet here. Or read the proposition itself here. (Though be aware that new laws regarding marijuana are always being added.)