|Year Law Last Passed||2010|
|How Law Was Passed||Proposition 203 (50.13%)|
|Possession Limit||2.5 oz usable per 14-day period; 12 plants|
Laws, Limits and Penalties
|Less than 2 lbs||Felony||4 months - 2 years||$ 150,000|
|2 - less than 4 lbs||Felony||6 months - 2.5 years||$ 150,000|
|4 lbs or more||Felony||1 - 3.75 years||$ 150,000|
|Less than 2 lbs||Felony||1 - 3.75 years||$ 150,000|
|2 - 4 lbs||Felony||2 - 8.75 years||$ 150,000|
|More than 4 lbs||Felony||3 - 12.5 years||$ 150,000|
|Less than 2 lbs||Felony||6 months - 2.5 years||$ 150,000|
|2 - 4 lbs||Felony||1 - 3.75 years||$ 150,000|
|More than 4 lbs||Felony||2 - 8.75 years||$ 150,000|
|Less than 2 lbs||Felony||2 - 8.75 years||$ 150,000|
|2 lbs or more||Felony||3 - 12.5 years||$ 150,000|
|Hash & Concentrates|
|Possession or Use||Felony||1 - 3.75 years||$ 150,000|
|Manufacture, Sale, or Trafficking||Felony||3 - 12.5 years||$ 150,000|
|Possession or advertising of paraphernalia||Felony||4 months - 2 years||$ 150,000|
|Employing a minor in the commission of a drug offense, being convicted of a prior felony, or committing a drug offense in a school zone, lead to an increased sentence.|
The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.
Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.
This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .
This state has medical marijuana laws enacted. Modern research suggests that cannabis is a valuable aid in the treatment of a wide range of clinical applications. These include pain relief, nausea, spasticity, glaucoma, and movement disorders. Marijuana is also a powerful appetite stimulant and emerging research suggests that marijuana's medicinal properties may protect the body against some types of malignant tumors, and are neuroprotective. For more information see: Medical Use.