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Cannabis Consumer Rights

The state of California has legalized the use of recreational cannabis, but Orange County has not. This means that there are still some restrictions on where and how you can consume cannabis in the county. Knowing your rights as a cannabis consumer in Orange County can help you avoid problems with law enforcement. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest regulations so that you can consume responsibly and within the bounds of the law.

For Example, You Have The Right To:

  • Possess up to one ounce of cannabis for personal use
  • Consume cannabis on private property
  • Grow up to six plants for personal use
  • Possess and use cannabis for personal, recreational use
  • Cultivate up to six cannabis plants for personal use
  • Give away or transport up to 28 grams of cannabis (or up to four grams of concentrated cannabis)
  • Consume cannabis in private residences
  • Smoke or vape cannabis in designated smoking areas, not visible to the public, and away from minors

You also have the right to access medical cannabis if you are a qualified patient or caregiver. To do so, you must first obtain a valid medical cannabis recommendation from a licensed physician. If you are 21 years of age or older, you can also purchase cannabis from licensed retailers in Orange County. Currently, there are a limited number of retail licenses available, so not all areas may have a dispensary open yet. You will need to present a valid government-issued ID when purchasing cannabis from a retailer. However, keep in mind that not all cities in Orange County allow retail sales of cannabis. Check with your local city regulations to see if retail sales are allowed near you.

It is important to note that while state law provides for these rights, local municipalities may choose to enact their more restrictive ordinances. For example, some cities in Orange County have banned smoking and vaping in all public places, including private residences. So be sure to check your local laws before consuming cannabis.

If you are stopped by law enforcement while consuming or possessing cannabis, it is important to know your rights. You have the right to remain silent and do not consent to a search of your person or property. If you are arrested, you have the right to an attorney.

If you have any questions about your rights as a cannabis consumer in Orange County, or if you feel your rights have been violated, you can contact the California Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210.