A growing number of states have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational use in recent years, with California largely decriminalizing cannabis in 2016. This has led to a new, but thriving industry of cannabis cultivation and reduced criminal charges for possession of this substance.
However, the recent decriminalization does not mean that there are no rules at all. Recreational users must still abide by certain laws and setting up a cannabis business is not as simple as growing the materials and selling them.
Outlined below are a few important factors to consider:
For recreational users
It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to be in possession of cannabis materials. Recreational users are entitled to possess up to eight grams of concentrated cannabis and as much as one ounce of dried marijuana.
Any failure to adhere to these regulations can result in hefty fines and even imprisonment.
For business owners
There are numerous reasons why individuals may want to set up a business in cannabis cultivation. The market is largely untapped and cannabis cultivation is generally considered to be one of the fastest-growing business opportunities on Earth. Nonetheless, the sale of cannabis is still heavily regulated in the state of California. Businesses must ensure that they obtain the appropriate licenses and permits before entering the market. Failure to do so can result in criminal charges that carry significant fines and possible periods of incarceration.
The laws on cannabis possession and use vary from state to state. Not only that but there are variations between local municipalities. If you have found yourself in trouble with the law or have further questions, make sure you seek some legal guidance.