If you are living in California, you have probably heard or otherwise become aware that the use of marijuana, also known as cannabis, is legal in the state. However, cannabis is not legal for all people, and may not be consumed in every situation.

What are the legal cannabis restrictions?

To avoid facing criminal charges, you should be aware of what the law specifically allows and prohibits. The first rule to keep in mind is that possession and consumption of legal cannabis is only allowed for adults over the age of 21.

While possession and cultivation are allowed, any amount of cannabis that is more than an ounce must be stored in your private residence, where it is not visible and where it is locked away. Also, be aware that the sale of cannabis is only permitted for licensed dispensaries.

Where can you smoke cannabis?

The use of cannabis is not permitted in public places, except for places that have acquired a license to allow it. Aside from these specific legally permissible locations, the only place where you can legally consume cannabis is in a private residence.

A car is not a private residence. Using cannabis or having an open container in a car is not only illegal—it could potentially lead to a DUI charge.

What is the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?

All of the above restrictions apply to recreational cannabis as well as medical cannabis, except for the age and amount that may be possessed. If you are over 18, you may be able to get a state medical card for the treatment of certain conditions. There is no limit to the amount that medical patients may possess.

If you are a cannabis user, be sure to know the law. Honoring the state’s restrictions will ensure your continued safety and freedom.