If passed, adults over age 21 would be able to possess and use marijuana recreationally within a private home or licensed business and would be able to grow six plants within their home. Smoking pot while driving and in public would remain illegal, as would possessing more than 28.5 grams of marijuana or 8 grams of concentrated pot products. Having marijuana in locations such as a school, day care or other places children are present would also continue to be illegal.
Because the push for legalization follows in the footsteps of states such as Oregon, Colorado and Washington, Proposition 64 is the most comprehensive legislation of its kind, said Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, an organization that lobbies for legalization across the country.
“One of the reasons Proposition 64 is significantly more comprehensive than these jurisdictions is because individuals involved have been able to learn from examples elsewhere,” Armentano said. “There are a number of issues that Proposition 64 tries to address based on the lessons learned in other jurisdictions.”