What you can & can't do now that marijuana is legal

California is now the 6th state to allow licensed shops to sell marijuana to anyone 21 or older with a valid ID.

Posted: Jan. 2, 2018 4:19 PM

California is now the 6th state to allow licensed shops to sell marijuana to anyone 21 or older with a valid ID.

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That means – just like alcohol – you can now buy it in a store without a prescription, but there's some confusion about what you can do with it.

Driving high is illegal for one, and you also can't smoke in public, which many seem to forget.

Some Californians can throw away their medical marijuana cards now that recreational marijuana is legal, but that doesn't mean it's going to be a weed-free-for-all.

“Statewide, the rule is you can't smoke marijuana in public, that's not what the law meant,” said Chico Police Commander Billy Aldridge.

So you can only do it on private property, preferably in your home. But what if you're smoking on your porch and your neighbors don't like the smell and complain?

“Not much we can do about that. We can ask the neighbors to be neighborly and do it within their residence so it's not bothering the citizens that live around them,” he said.

Commander Aldridge is asking people to be respectful.

You still can't smoke in public, including in places where you are allowed to smoke cigarettes, so it's still a no-go downtown, in bars, or in parks.

Aldridge said it's just like alcohol in that they can fine you for the use of a substance in a public area, which he says could cost about $300.

“That's not something we're going to be setting up stings for, it's going to be complaint driven.”

You also can't smoke while driving, that is still a DUI. But you can do it in your car only if it's parked on private property and you're not going to be driving.

That goes for your passengers as well, they can't smoke while you're driving either.

The open container law also transfers over to marijuana, meaning, just like alcohol, what you buy must be packaged and sealed in that package until you get home.

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