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Californians Celebrate Marijuana Legalization

As Orange County criminal defense attorneys, we’ve been defending clients against marijuana-related offenses for a long time. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, California voters made history when they, along with Nevada and Massachusetts decided to legalize marijuana. Understandably, marijuana advocates in California are joyous about their major victory.

Before Tuesday’s election, recreational marijuana use was already legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, and in Washington D.C. But, now with California, Nevada and Massachusetts following suit, marijuana advocates across the nation hope that marijuana will soon be legal in all states.

Representative Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon and a supporter of legalizing marijuana said that the “new administration is not going to want to continue this toxic and nonproductive war on drugs.”

A Gallup poll from October found that 60 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization. This victory in California, Nevada and Massachusetts is major and hopefully the rest of the nation will begin to soften their marijuana laws so they too can focus their tax dollars on more important crimes.

What the New Marijuana Law Says

Under the new measure in California, which passed with 56 percent in favor, adults age 21 and over can possess up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use, and they can cultivate up to 6 plants in their homes as long as the plants are not out in the open.

While possession of up to one ounce for personal use is legal, it’s still against the law to give away or sell marijuana. If you give away 28.5 grams or less, it’s a misdemeanor punishable by up to a fine of $100 and selling any amount of marijuana is a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison.

If you are facing any marijuana-related charges in Orange County, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation. We’d be glad to explain the latest changes in the law.