The legal status of cannabis in California is expected to remain unchanged with the coming of the new year. In 2024, businesses will be less likely to penalize employees for using cannabis on their own time. Meanwhile, here’s a reminder of the who, when, and where of marijuana use in the Golden State.
Can My Employer Penalize Me for Cannabis Use?
Although a new cannabis law was recently enacted in California, safeguarding workers from weed bias, it will be some time before the law takes effect. California Assembly Bill 2188 forbids discrimination against workers who use Marijuana in their personal time or when they are not on the clock.
Things like hiring, working, and firing need to be taken into account. Work in the construction and building industries, as well as positions requiring federal background screenings, are exempt from the statute.
It safeguards off-duty use, but companies can still fire or suspend anyone caught smoking pot or under the influence while on the clock. The bill was signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in September, but implementation is not scheduled until January 2024.
Weed Might Be Legal, But Not for Everyone
Only people over the age of 21 are allowed to legally use cannabis for recreational purposes, although this law went into effect in 2016. Minors detected in possession of marijuana will be required to attend drug therapy or education classes and perform community service.
Those who are over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 will incur a fine of up to $100. However, minors who have a doctor’s recommendation can apply for a medical Marijuana ID card and legally purchase cannabis.
The California Department of Health states that minors who are emancipated or who have declared themselves financially independent are eligible to apply as patients. In any other case, the county will attempt to get in touch with the person’s parents or legal guardian.
The Legal Limit of Weed
According to California’s health and safety regulations, there is a maximum amount of cannabis an individual can possess at any given time. The legal limit for marijuana is 28.5 grams, while the limit for concentrated cannabis is eight grams or around one ounce.
Individuals under the age of 18 who break this code will be compelled to participate in drug education or counseling and community service. For those over the age of 18, the maximum sentence is six months in a county jail.