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Learn | 10.14.2021

Everything You Need To Know About Weed-Growing Laws In California

We've answered a few frequently asked questions to help you grow weed safely and legally.

Now that cannabis legalization has been well underway across California, many pot users have asked essential questions about how they can grow weed, where they can grow it, and how much they can grow.

Here’s a quick Q&A to help familiarize cannabis users/growers with California’s weed-growing laws.

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Q: Can state or municipal law prevent me from growing my own marijuana for personal use?

A: No. That is, if you’re growing up to six marijuana plants, anything more is deemed illegal. As long as it’s at a person’s private residence (house, apartment unit, mobile home, etc.) and not visible to the public, you’re in the clear.

Q: Can I grow weed outdoors?

A: This one is debatable. There are various cities and counties that limit or prohibit outdoor growth on private residences, and some require a permit to do so. If you’re growing in an open backyard visible to the public, that is considered illegal. Find more details here.

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Q: Can I personally cultivate more than an oz of pot?

A: The current California laws allow one individual to possess up to 28.5 grams (1 oz) of marijuana. However, for personal cultivation, might you score a massive harvest and have well over an ounce of weed, you’re encouraged to keep it in a locked space on the private residence it was grown and away from public sight.

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Q: Is it legal to sell marijuana commercially in California?

A: Yes, but only with a state license to operate sales, which must be valid for a year until sales are made. This is more if you’re looking to open a cannabis business; for home-growers, selling your personal weed is a no-no.

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