Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law

Does legal mean no more marijuana crimes?

The legalization of marijuana in California is a major step forward for those who want the drug legalized throughout the country. While both medical and recreational cannabis are legal under the law in this state, it does not mean you have free rein when it comes to the drug. Legal does not mean without regulation.

You can compare this to tobacco sales in a way because there are similar restrictions as to who can legally buy and use marijuana. There are also additional regulations that you do not find with tobacco. Since marijuana is quite easy to grow in any climate, regulations extend to this aspect of the drug as well. You very well could still face marijuana criminal charges if you do not understand the regulations.

Legal use

According to California Norml, the legal use of cannabis is available to only those aged 21 or older. If you are of legal age, you can use it and possess it. You may also give it to another legal adult as long as the amount is not over one ounce. You also have the right to grow your own marijuana plants, but you must limit it to six plants.

Medical marijuana is legal for anyone. There is no age limit, but it does require doctor approval.


You cannot sell marijuana to others. The law limits the sale of the drug to commercial vendors only, and these retailers must have a state license. However, as an individual over the age of 21, you can buy from these vendors.

You could get into trouble if you have more than one ounce of marijuana on you. If you have more than one ounce, you must keep it at your home in a locked area. In addition, your local government has the right to place further restrictions on you as to growing plants, such as prohibiting growing plants outside. Finally, you cannot use marijuana in public or while operating a vehicle.