With the passage of PROP 64, later amended to include the precursor Prop 215, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), adults are now able to legally use cannabis medicinally, recreationally, or both. However, it is important to know the rules about where you can use cannabis, how much you can possess, and the penalties for illegal use.
ADULT-USE If you are 21 years of age or older you may buy and possess up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis, including as contained in cannabis products. You can give away up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis and up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis to a person 21 years of age or older, but you cannot receive money or any other form of compensation.
MEDICINAL If you are 18 years of age or older and have a valid physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical cannabis identification card you can use, possess, and transport up to 8 ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature plants or twelve immature plants. If your medical needs require a larger amount of cannabis, your physician may include a larger amount of cannabis in your physician’s recommendation and you may possess and cultivate any amount that is reasonably related to your current medical needs. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 years of age or older and have either a current physician’s recommendation, a valid county-issued medical cannabis identification card, or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d).
WHERE TO consume cannabis
You can use cannabis on private property. However, property owners can still prohibit the use and possession of cannabis on their privately owned property.
- Smoking or vaping medicinal cannabis, and use of any adult-use cannabis (including edibles), is not legal in any public space.
- You cannot smoke cannabis where smoking tobacco is prohibited.
- You cannot use or consume cannabis at a licensed dispensary or any other cannabis business in the City of Long Beach.
- You cannot use cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school, day care center, or youth center while children are present. If you are on the grounds of a private residence, you may smoke cannabis at the private residence only if the smoke is not detectable by others on the grounds of the school, day care center, or youth center while children are present.
- You cannot use cannabis while riding in or driving a vehicle, boat, or any other vehicle used for transportation.