Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalized regulated sales as well as personal and commercial cultivation of cannabis for adults 21 and older.
Learn more about what adults can and can't do under the new laws, as well as how things will change for medical patients.
The laws are still evolving, but here's what we know so far:
How much cannabis or hash can I carry?
You can have up to one ounce of cannabis flowers or eight grams of concentrate on your person or in your car.
Can I grow it myself?
Adults can grow up to six plants per residence as long as you own the property or the landlord is cool with it. That's six plants per residence, not per person. Outdoor plants must be secured behind a fence and not visible to the public.
Where can I buy weed?
Adults can buy cannabis at a licensed retail store and legal sales will begin in 2018 when the state licenses its first adult-use retail outlets. Until adult-use sales begin, you'll need a medical recommendation to buy cannabis from dispensaries.
Will it cost more or less?
The effect of legalization on the price of cannabis remains to be seen, but we do know that all consumers will pay a new 15% excise tax at the register, including medical patients. The new law also requires a production tax on cannabis at $9.25 per ounce. Over the course of time, experts believe that prices will begin to fall for the end user.
Is cannabis tested for pesticides and potency?
New laws require all cannabis products to be tested by an independent lab for pesticides, microbiological contamination, residual solvents, as well as for THC potency, so you can know how strong your weed will feel.
Can I smoke it on the street?
Smoking or eating cannabis is still illegal in public spaces, while driving, or anywhere that smoking is prohibited. Cannabis consumption is only allowed on private property.
What about "stoned driving?"
New testing methodologies are being developed to determine impairment from cannabis, including roadside saliva tests. Under the new laws, no open containers of marijuana are allowed in a moving car (punishable with a $100 fine), so keep your stash in the trunk.
What about the children?!
AUMA aims to prevent children from being exposed to cannabis by barring possession or use on or near school grounds or in public places. Retail cannabis stores or dispensaries aren't permitted near school, daycares, playgrounds or parks.
What about National Parks?
Any cannabis possession or consumption is still prohibited on federal property, including National Parks.