If you’re planning to celebrate April 20 — or “4/20” — by using cannabis in public, think again. While adult-use cannabis was made legal just over a year ago, there are still plenty of myths and misconceptions when it comes to using the drug.
Here are some top things you should know:
- Cannabis cannot be used in public places.
Cannabis is for private, personal use only. Generally, you can smoke or vape cannabis in a private residence. You cannot ingest cannabis in public places, where smoking tobacco is prohibited, or on the grounds of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
- You must be 21 or older to purchase cannabis.
You must be 21 or older to buy, possess, or use adult-use cannabis. You can purchase up to 28.5 grams at one time. It is illegal to give or sell adult-use cannabis to anyone under 21 years old.
- You can grow your own cannabis, in limited amounts.
You can possess up to six living cannabis plants, and the cannabis produced by those plants, inside your private residence. In the City of Sacramento, there’s a $500 fine, per plant, for possessing/cultivating more than six plants per household. The limit is the same for either adult-use or medicinal use.
- You can get a DUI for driving under the influence.
Yes, it is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis and it can result in a DUI, just like alcohol. If you are suspected of being under the influence of cannabis while operating a car, boat, or other vehicle, a law enforcement officer can pull you over and conduct a sobriety test.
- You can have cannabis in your car but only if it’s sealed.
It is against the law for you to have an open container of cannabis in a vehicle while driving or riding in the passenger seat. It must be in an unopened package or kept in the trunk of the vehicle. Even if you have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical cannabis identification card, it is illegal to smoke, consume, or ingest cannabis in an operating vehicle.
Make sure to visit our website for more information on adult-use cannabis.