Feel like buying some? Just remember to bring cash, keep your purchase sealed on the way home, and consume it within California.
The year 2018 started on a happy note for many with yesterday marking the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in the state of California.
Love it or hate it, business is said to be booming. Hundreds of people lined up to take part in the landmark event, and products are said to be rolling off the shelves as fast as they can be stocked.
Here are 9 things you should know about recreational marijuana sales in California, to keep you safe and informed.
1) You Can Buy 1 Ounce for Recreational Use
State regulations now allow buyers to purchase 1 ounce of recreational marijuana per day. Small or large, it depends on your point of view. It should be enough to get you through the next 24 hours.
2) You Can Buy 8 Ounces for Medicinal Use
People who take marijuana medicinally and have the documents to show their status can buy up to 8 ounces per day.
3) There Are Higher Taxes on Recreational Pot
The taxes consumers pay when buying marijuana in California can vary from between 15% and 45%. It depends on the location of your seller, and how state and local taxes add up.
One thing is for certain: you’ll pay more tax on recreational pot than its medicinal counterpart.
4) Adults Can Grow Up to 6 Plants
If you’re 21 or older you can grow your own plants, sprouting up to 6 at a time.
5) You Can’t Purchase it With a Credit Card
While selling marijuana could be fun, it isn’t like hawking hats. It is legal at a state level in 8 states, but it remains illegal when it comes to federal law.
Will the feds come after you for buying some buds? Who knows- it’s unlikely.
But remember this: stores can only operate with cash, as banks generally refuse to do business with marijuana sellers, due to the federal laws. Dicey. Bring your bills or be ready to hit the cash machine.
6) The Industry Could Be as Big as 7 Billion Dollars
Smoking and in-taking pot and pot-infused products is popular. It’s estimated that the marijuana industry could grow to be as big as 7 billion dollars by 2020.
7) You Can’t Smoke it in Most Public Places
While you can now buy and smoke marijuana without worry, it’s good to remember where it’s safe to use.
Smoking marijuana is still prohibited in most public spaces, such as parks. Check with your local authorities before lighting up to stay in the clear, or keep it at home.
8) You Should Keep it in the Trunk When Driving
It is legal to drive with marijuana in your possession, but it needs to be sealed in a container. You can’t consume or smoke it while you drive, so it’s best kept in the trunk.
Treat it like alcohol, and you’re good to go.
9) You Can’t Transport it Across ANY State Lines
This is a biggie! It’s illegal to bring marijuana with you from one state to another- IN ALL STATES. This includes traveling from one pot-approving state to another.
Want to jump on a plane from California to Colorado with some marijuana in your pocket? You’ll be charged. Buy your marijuana locally, and everyone’s a happy camper.
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