Consumers can purchase recreational marijuana at licensed dispensaries in California, but can’t consume it on public property. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California on Jan. 1, 2018, marking a major milestone for the state’s cannabis industry and its many customers.
Proposition 64, the voter-approved law that governs recreational pot in the Golden State, however, doesn’t offer the complete freedom to buy, grow and smoke marijuana just anywhere you please.
In reality, the rules are fairly strict. And they are consequential for employers and employees and anyone who wants to sell, purchase, consume or transport cannabis in the state.
Cloud over legal weed?
There’s also the complication that marijuana remains illegal federally.
That point was made clear this week when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama administration memo that recommended a hands-off approach to marijuana prosecution in states that have legalized pot. The move was seen as possibly paving the way for a federal crackdown on marijuana, though it’s uncertain whether that will happen.
President Trump, during his campaign for the