You’ve probably already heard legal weed is coming to California in 2018.
Actually, possession of an ounce or less and private recreational use both became legal in November 2016 when Golden State voters approved Proposition 64—the law also allows for legal possession of eight grams of marijuana concentrates and private cultivation of up to six plants per residence.
Possession of small amounts has been a ticket-only offense since 2011.
But bigger changes kick in on January 1.
That’s when California joins Alaska – Colorado – DC – Nevada – Oregon and Washington as the sixth state to begin licensing local businesses to sell pot to anyone 21 and up—also the legal age for tobacco and alcohol products.
(Massachusetts will join that club next July.)
Taxing marijuana products has brought Colorado hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenues about half of which goes toward K-12 education.
California officials expect an even bigger tax windfall.
We answer many of your legalization questions right here.
But with legal sales on the horizon,you might also be wondering: What happens to the people already in jail on marijuana charges?
And how will pot be policed?
And will that old conviction still be on my record?