In California, cannabis has been legalized for recreational use.
When it comes to smoking outside of work, cannabis users will be given more protection from their employers.
Here is a primer on who can use weed in California.
I wonder if my employer will penalize me for using cannabis.
A new cannabis bill in California protects employees from weed bias, but it will be awhile before it goes into effect.
The cannabis landscape of California will not change in the new year.
Employers can't discriminate against employees based on their use of weed off the job under the new law. The hiring and employment processes are included.
There are exceptions to the law that include people working in the construction and building industry. Employers have the right to fire or suspend employees if they use weed or are high at work.
The bill was signed by the governor in September.
Cannabis isn't for everyone.
Only those over the age of 21 have been allowed to use cannabis for recreational purposes.
Drug education or counseling will be given to those under 18 who are caught with weed. Penalties will be up to $100 for people who are older than 18.
Minors can apply for a medical marijuana identification card.
If a child is emancipated or has declared self-sufficiency, they can apply to be a patient in California. The county will contact the individual's parents if they don't have this status. There is a legal limit to the amount of weed.
California has a health and safety code that limits the amount of cannabis you can have
If you have more than two and a half grams of cannabis or more than eight grams of concentrated cannabis, you will be fined.
Drug education or counseling will be required of individuals under the age of 18 who violates this code. If you're over 18 you'll be in a county jail for up to six months.
There is weed at the school.
If you are caught with weed on a school campus, you will be fined a lot.
If you are over the age of 18 you will be fined up to $250 for the first offense and up to $500 for the following offenses.
You must have a license to sell weed. It is illegal to exchange weed for cash.
You can give marijuana products to your friends and family without a license.
A person smokes in a public place.
Smoking weed in public is against the law. If you are caught smoking in an area where it is not allowed, you can be fined up to $250.
Smoking within 1000 feet of daycares, schools and other centers can result in harsher penalties.
Cannabis use is not allowed in national parks, state parks and residential areas. You can't have an open container or package in a car, boat or aircraft.
Traveling with cannabis
You can't travel across state lines with cannabis if you're coming from a state that legalized it.
Cannabis law can be hard to understand at airports. It is legal in California and some airports, such as the Los Angeles International Airport and Sacramento International Airport, will allow you to bring up to 28.5 grams.
Weed is illegal under federal law once you reach the transportation security administration. If the officer finds a violation, they can report it to the authorities. They will decide if you can travel with the product.
The story was first published on January 2, 1943.
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New York opens its first legal recreational marijuana dispensary
The first legal dispensary for recreational marijuana in New York rang up its first sales on Thursday, opening up what is expected to be one of the country's most lucrative markets for cannabis.
The opening of the first state-sanctioned dispensary by the Housing Works paves the way for a number of other openings in New York. Marijuana use was legalized in the state.
Hundreds of people lined up around the block to be the first to see the opening. The smell of marijuana was present.
After the cannabis store opened to the public, Lino Pastrana was one of the people waiting.
This is not new. It's important for us to buy quality weed, instead of buying random weed that you don't know what's in it.
He said that he risked it. He said that he expects to sell his merchandise from legal dispensaries.
New York marijuana regulators are hoping that a supervised industry will help ensure that cannabis users are buying safe products.
Housing Works hopes that having a marijuana business will help fund its programs.
"We're thrilled to be the first and hopefully setting a model that other folks will have to follow," said Charles King, the chief executive officer of Housing Works, a minority-controlled social-service agency that serves people with HIV and AIDS.
The lower Manhattan store is the first of 36 recently licensed dispensaries to open, with an additional 139 licenses yet to be issued by the state Office of Cannabis Management. Housing Works was one of the nonprofits that received a license in the first round.
Students at New York University could provide a ready supply of customers for the cannabis store.
The location is ideal. King said at a news conference that we are between the West Village and the East Village. People can come by here. We think we're going to get a lot of business here.
Chris Alexander, the inaugural executive director of the state cannabis office, faced a group of cameras and made the first purchase: watermelon-flavored gummies.
Alexander said it had been a lot of work to get to this point. There is a lot more work to be done.
Carlina Rivera said she no longer needs to travel out of state for legal cannabis. She thought that more openings would be good for the state and city.
"We are the financial center of the world, the greatest city on Earth, and I think people will now come here to enjoy all types of things," she said.
The state of New York legalized recreational marijuana.
New York has reserved its first round of retail licenses for nonprofits, as well as applicants with marijuana convictions and their relatives, in order to acknowledge the unfairness of the country's war on drugs.
A $200 million public-private fund was planned to aid social equity businesses, which the law defined as those owned by women or minorities, struggling farmers, disabled veterans and people from communities that endure heavy pot policing.
King said that they have seen the effects of the war on drugs on people who use drugs.
According to King, his nonprofit is hiring people who have been criminalized for using marijuana. He said that Housing Works wanted to have the chance to alleviate some of the harsh circumstances associated with the criminalization of cannabis as well as other drugs.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that today marks a major milestone in the creation of the most equitable cannabis industry in the nation.
The opening of the first legal dispensary in New York City is more than just a promising step for this budding industry, it is a new chapter for those most harmed by the failed policies of the past.
Adams won his seat on a tough-on-crime platform. He promised to strike the right balance between the two. He wants to increase police and jail spending.
The first legal sale of adult-use cannabis in New York was called a landmark by the governor.
More than 2,000 reservations have been received for the dispensary by Housing Works.
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