Many California residents who voted Proposition 64 (Prop 64) into law in November of 2016 did so with the expectation that marijuana would become largely deregulated much like alcohol and cigarettes are. Despite their hopes, the final legislation, crafted in part by the Drug Policy Alliance, spans 60 pages. Within those, it covers when it's appropriate to consume marijuana and not.
A conviction for a drug offense can greatly impact your life. In addition to potentially being sent to jail if convicted of a drug charge, it can impede your ability to support yourself financially. When it comes to government programs, a drug conviction can adversely affect your ability to qualify for many of them, including federal student loans.
If you've ever known anyone that has developed a dependency on drugs, then you're probably well aware of just how difficult it is for someone to overcome their addiction without outside help. In cases like this, it takes an intervention, whether initiated by family, a friend or law enforcement, to get them the help they need to get their life back on track.
Marijuana is legal, both medically and recreationally, in California. However, that does not mean you can potentially smoke it at home and experience no repercussions whatsoever. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you enjoy this drug.