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FAQ Topic: Cannabis Resource Portal

Can I be fired for on the job or off the job cannabis use?

Yes. Employers have the right to maintain a drug-free workplace under Prop. 64, meaning they can fire employees for showing up to work high or testing positive for cannabis byproducts in their urine — even if last use of cannabis was off-work hours days or weeks prior to testing.

What are cannabis edibles? What are some rules around eating them?

Cannabis edibles are foods infused with the active ingredients in cannabis, THC and CBD. You should exercise caution when consuming edibles, because they can take far longer until onset of effects are felt, leading to people eating more edibles out of impatience. Wait two hours after eating any cannabis edibles before increasing your dose. If … Continued

Cannabis is still illegal federally. How can it be legal in California?

While pot use and sales are still prohibited under federal law, the United States Justice Department in 2013 made landmark concessions, promising not to target lawful cannabis businesses or cannabis use in states that legalized pot and also enacted and enforced “robust” regulations governing state permitted cannabis industries. The Justice Department said it would still … Continued

What criminal penalties does Proposition 64 maintain or change?

Adults possessing more than an ounce of cannabis will continue to face misdemeanor charges, including a $500 fine and up to six months in jail. Punishment for possession of cannabis for sale are being dropped from mandatory felonies and up to two years in jail to the same misdemeanor penalty. Adults 18 to 21 will … Continued

When and where will people be able to buy recreational cannabis?

Stores selling non-medical cannabis can open on or before Jan. 1, 2018, as a state program for retail licenses is implemented. Cannabis dispensaries can begin applying for temporary state licenses for recreational cannabis next year, but over-the-counter pot sales aren’t expected until next summer. Cannabis products only can be sold at licensed dispensaries, not at … Continued

Can people consume cannabis in public?

No. Cannabis use is allowed only on private property, not in parks or on sidewalks or anywhere where smoking is banned. People using cannabis in a public place can be subject to a $100 infraction. The fine increases to $250 in no-smoking areas. Also, mere possession is banned in schools or youth centers.

When do regulations start?

In the next 45 days, the state of California will spend $5 million on a public education campaign and $30 million to pay for regulators to begin to draft rules for the legal cannabis industry. The first state rulemaking hearings should be announced in early 2017. Local cities and counties will also begin agendizing cannabis … Continued

Do cities that ban or regulate medical marijuana businesses need to update their ordinances to include non-medical cannabis?

Proposition 64 prohibits state licensing authorities from issuing a license to a commercial non-medical marijuana business if operation of the business violates a local ordinance of the jurisdiction in which the business will operate. This means that a city wishing to adopt business or land use regulations prohibiting or regulating commercial non-medical marijuana businesses must … Continued

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