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500px-California_in_United_States.svgCalifornia has been a leader in reforming marijuana laws.  In 1996, it became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. As a resident of the Golden State, it is important to know local paraphernalia laws.

Here you can find a full description of California’s Health and Safety Code 11364-5.


California Marijuana Laws
Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Personal Use
28.5 grams or less infraction N/A $100
28.5 grams or less, over 18 years, and occurred on school grounds misdemeanor 10 days $500
28.5 grams or less, under 18 years misdemeanor 10 days* $250
More than 28.5 grams misdemeanor 6 mos $500
With Intent to Distribute
Any amount felony 16 mos - 3 years $0
*Detention center
Sale or Delivery
Any amount felony 2 - 4 years $0
Gift of 28.5 grams or less misdemeanor N/A $100
Over 18 years to an individual 14-17 years felony 3 - 7 years $0
Any amount felony 16 mos - 3 years $0
Hash & Concentrates
Possession N/A 1 year $500
Unauthorized manufacture N/A 16 mos - 3 years $500
Chemical manufacture N/A 3 - 7 years $50,000
Sale, delivery, possession with intent, and manufacture with intent misdemeanor 15 days - 6 mos $500
Involving a minor at least 3 years junior misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
Vehicles and other property may be seized for controlled substance violations.
Using a minor in the unlawful sale or transport of marijuana is a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment. Inducing a minor to use marijuana is also a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment.
Any violation of the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act results in a fine up to $150.
A person who participates in the illegal marketing of marijuana is liable for civil damages.
It is a misdemeanor to loiter in a public place with the intent to commit certain controlled substances offenses.
A controlled substance conviction can result in suspension of driving privileges.