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Marijuana personal and responsible adult use and cultivation

The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) (Proposition 64) was a 2016 voter initiative to legalize cannabis in California. The full name is the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. 

Rules of Proposition 64

There are a number of dos and don'ts to Proposition 64 - Responsible Adult Use of Marijuana in the State of California and they are as follows:


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • May transport, possess, or obtain up to one ounce of marijuana or up to 8 grams of concentrated marijuana
  • Cultivate up to six plants per household and possess the marijuana produced from these plants
  • May purchase marijuana at a licensed retailer


  • May not consume/use marijuana in a public place
  • May not smoke or vape marijuana in a non-smoking public place or within 1000 feet of school, daycare center, youth center or anywhere children are present with the exception to your residence
  • May not consume marijuana or possess and open container while driving or as a passenger in a motorized vehicle or craft
  • May not possess or use marijuana on public school grounds, daycare center or youth center
  • May not manufacturer cannabis unless in possession of a state issued license

Prior Offenses

If you have been convicted of possession and/or use of marijuana prior to Proposition 64 and received a felony, you may petition the court to have your record changed to current law under Proposition 64 which would allow legal possession and cultivation.

Medical Marijuana

Under Proposition 64, medical marijuana will still be available for those 18 years of age or older, that hold a valid prescription or physician’s recommendation. You must be in possession of a state-approved medical marijuana identification card in order to legally possess an amount as prescribed.

Responsible Adult Use

Proposition 64 and the State of California expect that possession and use of marijuana is to be done responsibly given that marijuana is a psychoactive drug that can have a number of consequences for its irresponsible or negligent use. How marijuana affects your body and your health can vary from person-to-person and there are no guarantees that it won’t have a negative impact on you if not used responsibly. The State of California and its officials continue to research the impact of the use of marijuana; however, under this law, it is expected that use and possession fall within the guidelines of the statute.

Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law Group patiently await your call.

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