Marijuana-related Arrests Down 56 Percent After Prop 64

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Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was on the 2016 ballot in California.  The purpose of the ballot proposition was to allow the legal recreational use of marijuana under California state law.  The ballot initiative passed with 57 percent of voters in favor.  Prop 64 completely decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana and small levels of cultivation for adults aged 21 and older.  While Prop 64 did not eliminate all crimes associated with marijuana, it has significantly decreased the number of arrests.

According to the 2017 crime report released by the State of California Department of Justice, marijuana arrests dropped by 56 percent, with felony marijuana arrests dropping 74 percent.  Because of Prop 64, many marijuana-related charges were dropped from felony to misdemeanor.  NORML, a cannabis legalization advocacy group, has a helpful breakdown of what is and is not currently legal under California marijuana law.

Under California law, individuals can possess up to one ounce of marijuana legally, but possessing more than one ounce is considered a misdemeanor.  Individuals can also cultivate as many as five plants without breaking the law.  Having six or more marijuana plants is a misdemeanor.  The sale or delivery of any amount of marijuana or drug paraphernalia to adults is still a misdemeanor, and sale of any amount of cannabis to a minor is still a felony.  Only dispensaries licensed by the State of California that also have local permits are allowed to sell recreational marijuana.

It is still illegal to drive while high.  For your own safety and for the safety of others on the road, do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth offers a robust legal defense to people charged with violations of marijuana law, as well as driving under the influence of marijuana.  For a free legal consultation, call us today at 888-517-9888.

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