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Can I Have Marijuana Legally in California?

As you probably know, the recreational possession and use of marijuana have been legal in California for quite some time. However, you may not have known that there are limits on how much marijuana you may possess, and there are consequences for violating those limits. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Tehama County drug possession lawyer to learn more about marijuana possession limits, as well as what happens if you are allegedly caught selling marijuana illegally. Here are some of the questions you  may have:

Are the recreational possession and use of marijuana legal in California?

Yes, those who are over the age of 21 may purchase and use marijuana recreationally. However, you are not allowed to have more than 28.5 grams of marijuana in your possession. If you are caught with more than 28.5 grams of marijuana (or more than six marijuana plants), you will face serious penalties, including up to 6 months in jail and a potential $500 fine. Further, if you are under the age of 18 and are caught with 28.5 grams of marijuana or less, you will have to complete community service and take a drug education course. Those caught with more than 8 grams of concentrated cannabis will face up to 1 year in jail and a $500 fine.

What are the penalties for selling marijuana in California?

If law enforcement arrests you and determines that you had an intent to sell marijuana illegally to another person, you can expect to face even harsher penalties. They are as follows:

  • Any amount: (Misdemeanor) Up to 6 months in jail and a potential $500 fine.
  • Selling marijuana as an 18-year-old or older to anyone between the ages of 14-17: (Felony) Between 3-5 years of incarceration.
  • Selling marijuana as an 18-year-old or older to anyone younger than 14: (Felony) Between 3-7 years of incarceration.

Rather obviously, the penalties you may face for a marijuana-related charge can affect your life for years down the road, which is why if you are currently facing drug possession or intent to sell charges, the most important thing you can do is reach out to a competent Red Bluff criminal lawyer here at Cohen Criminal Law.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.