Everything You Need to Know About Buying and Smoking Recreational Marijuana in California

Even if the rest of 2018 is complete sh*t, at least marijuana is now legal in California. As of Jan. 1, adults 21 and over are legally permitted to purchase recreational marijuana across the state. This means you can walk into a dispensary and even have weed delivered to you without feeling like you're doing something wrong.

As the future of cannabis expands into variety of areas from fitness and wellness to culinary experiences, it's only a matter of time until the stoner stereotype completely dissipates. Leading cannabis tech company Eaze has seen consumer trends grow to encompass millennials, parents, and professionals firsthand since launching in 2014. And now that California has officially joined the party, weed will only become increasingly accepted across the board.

"We're superexcited about the normalization of cannabis this year," Eaze's head of PR, Sheena Shiravi, told POPSUGAR. "We've seen consumers weaving it into their daily wellness routines, and that will only continue to increase as it becomes less stigmatized."

Prohibition is now over in a total of six states and counting, with Massachusetts soon to join in July of this year. But as with anything in life, there are always a few restrictions to keep in mind. So before you spark up, know what you can and can't do legally under the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and what additional changes to expect.

Can I buy weed at a dispensary without a card?

Yes! All you need is a valid government-issued ID to show that you are 21 or older. However, regulations will vary by city. According to Eaze, "each city and county has the right to develop their own rules around cultivation (growing your own plants), distribution (having dispensaries or allowing for delivery) and sale (medical vs. Adult Use)."

Will I have to pay tax at the time of purchase?

Unfortunately, yes. Unless you have a state-authorized medical card (note: this is different from a medical recommendation you may have received from a marijuana doctor), you will have to pay sales and use tax in addition to your local tax.

Can I smoke anywhere I want?

No, it is still illegal to consume marijuana in public places, including within 1,000 feet of a school or youth center. If you're smoking in a private residence and it isn't detectable, however, this proximity-to-children rule does not apply. Similarly to open-container laws that make it illegal to drink and drive, you also cannot smoke or consume cannabis while driving or riding in a car, drive while high, or have an open container/unsealed package of weed in your car (unless it's in your trunk).

And remember, just because you're in a legalized state does not mean you're allowed to cross state lines, have it at national parks, or fly with it. You can be arrested under federal law for having a controlled substance.

How much can I legally have on me?

Adults 21 and older can possess up to an ounce or 28.5g of weed (in flower form) or eight grams of concentrate (in hash, oil, or dabs).

Can I grow my own weed?

Yes, but only up to six plants at a time on private property. Keep in mind that it's still illegal to grow marijuana openly in your backyard if you live by a public space and that your city or county can still crack down if you're growing outside your home. You are also prohibited from selling your personal harvest.

Other things to know:

  • If you're ordering delivery, you must order within legal operating hours. Most cities require you to get your order in by 9 or 10 p.m., but double check to see your local time.
  • Expect a delivery fee. Depending on your city, you will be required to pay around $5 to $10 if your purchase amount falls under the minimum. But if you buy over $50 worth of product on Eaze, for example, the delivery fee is waived.
  • Delivery times will be slower. Drivers are no longer able to deliver on demand because the new law prohibits them from taking new orders before coming back to the dispensary.
  • Sorry, seasoned stoners, THC levels in edibles are now legally capped at 100mg THC/package and 10mg THC/dose.
  • Product prices will probably be higher. As rules on packaging (childproof required) and dosage change, a price increase will most likely result in order to comply with manufacturing.
Any cannabis products referenced above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The writer is not a medical doctor, and their experience is based on personal use, the results of which may not be typical or intended. The legality of cannabis products varies by state, and readers are encouraged to check their local laws before purchasing and using cannabis products. Nothing in this article should be construed as advice regarding the legal status of cannabis products. Any views expressed in this article by a third-party sponsor are those of such sponsor, and do not necessarily represent the views of POPSUGAR.