California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. A full two decades later, in 2016, its recreational use was legalized. Things have certainly evolved in the time since, and though cannabis is now legal, some law enforcement has continued to crack down on infractions related to the drug. If you want to responsibly enjoy marijuana, it is a good idea to be aware of the crimes that it could be associated with.
Driving under the influence
Many people when considering the risk of a DUI immediately think of alcohol. Unfortunately, this is not the only substance that can cause impaired driving. Prescription drugs and marijuana can, too, and the latter of which has been a particularly problematic issue on the road. Collisions involving the drug have multiplied in the years since its legalization, so it is important to make sure you are not under that influence when you get behind the wheel.
According to the LA Times, Proposition 64 will allow for some public use of marijuana, but it will remain illegal outside of cooperating retail environments. If you are caught smoking marijuana or handling the drug in an area where this is prohibited, you may be subject to a fine or even arrest, depending on the mandates of the area you are in. It is best to stay at home if you are planning to consume cannabis.
Providing to minors
Though it is perfectly legal for adults to enjoy cannabis recreationally in California, the state and the federal government are both strict in penalizing anybody who provides the drug to minors. Whether you sell it to a friend or fail to check ID at a dispensary, you could see serious consequences for facilitating a minor's consumption of cannabis.
If you have been charged with these or any other marijuana-related crimes, you should be aware of your legal rights. Contact an attorney for more information on drug laws in California.