Although, cannabis can be consumed in the form of oil, hemp, edibles etc. but if you live in a state where it is legal to smoke medicinal marijuana, you still need to be aware of your local marijuana laws and conform to them. You may have an encounter with a law enforcement officer anytime, and thus you need to know your rights and responsibilities regarding the amount you can possess, implications of driving after consuming and public consumption of the same.

Legal Possession of Marijuana and Carrying Amounts:

In California, the section of Proposition 64 allows individuals to possess 1 ounce of marijuana, or 8 gram of cannabis concentrates which roughly equals 56 half-gram joints or 16 vape pen cartridges. People under 21 years of age are not allowed to buy, sell or possess the drug.

  • The legal adult can cultivate up to 6 mature marijuana plants per residence and possess the yield by these plants. All plants and harvest in excess of one ounce must be kept in a locked space and not in public view at the residence.
  • Local governments can prohibit outdoors cultivation, but must allow it inside a private residence or an accessory structure that is ‘fully secure and enclosed within.
  • Laws in other States vary with difference in the amount of possession and cultivation regulations. If you grow your medicinal marijuana, the fewer plants you have, the less attraction you’ll draw from people who may want you to get rid of or steal your plants.
  • Have a good idea of the amount of cannabis you’ll need, so you can safely determine and limit what you cultivate.

Driving or operating heavy machinery:

If you are driving, get pulled over and the officer smells weed, it could lead to an embarrassing situation.

  • Always remember that even if the marijuana you use is legal in your State, it’s still absolutely illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana. You will be afflicted by penalties and fines as per the traffic jurisdictions.
  • Carrying inordinate amount of weed (like the 1 ounce limit in California) in your vehicle can get you into serious trouble. You will be charged with hefty fines or even criminal charges leading to incarceration; depending upon the amount of weed confiscated and decriminalization law prevalent in your state.
  • You can’t carry marijuana in planes or to a federal land and can’t cross State lines while carrying them. The offences while driving high motor vehicle will obviously be more severe.

Public Consumption:

When you medicate, make sure you use your common sense.

  • Marijuana has a distinctive smell, so try to avoid being in public when smoking up weed. It is legal for adults to consume marijuana privately, which covers the inside of residences, although some private owners may prohibit it.
  • It is illegal to consume marijuana in public places, such as on streets, sidewalks and parks and shouldn’t be within 1000 feet of any school or youth center.
  • Consumption is also barred on federal land. Violating public use laws could result in fines and other legal penalties.