Legal Weed Guide For California Visitors

Is it legal to buy a beer? Congratulations! That means you can buy cannabis (commonly known as pot, weed, or marijuana) lawfully in California. After voters approved Proposition 64 in November 2016, decriminalization took effect on January 1, 2018. California joins Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, Alaska, Maine, and Nevada among states that have legalized recreational marijuana, making it the country’s largest legal marijuana market.

Here’s all you need to know about getting high in California.

Who may buy legal marijuana?

To acquire recreational cannabis goods (more on that later), you must be 21 years old and show a valid ID—a driver’s license or passport would suffice—when entering a marijuana shop. People who have to buy weed online card must be at least 18 years old.

Physic 101

Marijuana plants are divided into two types: indica and sativa. Indicas produce a body buzz that promotes relaxation. They have lower levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and higher quantities of cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana that causes pleasure and increased energy levels. CBD has a calming impact on THC and does not make people feel euphoric. Sativas are the polar opposite of indicas, with higher THC levels and lower CBD levels, resulting in a more euphoric high. Hybrids, the third branch, are crossbred plants that produce both indica and sativa effects.

What things am I able to purchase?

Flower, concentrates, edibles, and applications are the four primary categories of cannabis products.

Flower refers to the plant itself—the dried buds of a marijuana plant—and is available in an almost infinite number of strains, each with catchy names like LA Confidential, Granddaddy Purple, and Nina Limon. Leafly is a fantastic tool and online resource for learning more about your strains. Flower is supposed to be smoked in joints, although it can also be smoked via a pipe or bong.

Concentrates are a group of products created by extracting trichomes from a marijuana plant. (Trichomes are the glistening tiny crystals that cover the mature plants.) Concentrates are more potent than flower and are occasionally used to finish off a joint or bowl of flower. The extracts are available in kief, wax, and oils, among other forms. A vape pen is one of the most convenient methods to enjoy an extraction. A cartridge carrying the oil, a rechargeable battery that powers the pen, and a charger that plugs into your laptop are all included in the set. Bloom Farms, Legion of Bloom, and Dosist are all popular cartridge brands.

Edibles are simply foods that have extractions built into the production process. Cookies, gummy sweets, lollipops, chocolate-covered everything (dried fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and raisins are popular), and even cannabis-infused beverages like sodas, hot cocoa mixes, and cold-brewed coffee are all available. While the effects of smoking are immediate, the effects of an edible might take up to two hours to feel and stay far longer than smoking. People sometimes make the rookie mistake of over-consuming edibles since it takes time. Don’t be one of them people. Low-dose edible items are made by Kiva and Satori. If that’s your thing, start there.

Extractions are generally used in applications to address medical diseases. CBD tinctures and patches, for example, are used to treat physical pain, anxiety, and even depression.

Where can I get marijuana?

To purchase cannabis goods in California, you must go to a licensed dispensary. If you’re buying recreational marijuana from a dispensary, keep in mind that it’s a medical facility first and foremost, so don’t pull out your phone to take a selfie. Patients’ right to privacy must be respected.

Bring cash as well. Many dispensaries do not accept credit cards, despite the fact that others do.

When you arrive to a dispensary (find one near you using an app or website like Weedmaps), you’ll need to check in at the front desk with your ID to show your age, and then you’ll have to wait your turn. Since recreational marijuana became legal in California, dispensaries have seen huge lineups form, especially on weekends, as demand has outstripped supply. Patience is essential.

When one of the “budtenders” calls your name, take as much time as you need to talk about the type of experience you want. Do you want to relax or do you want to laugh and discover new things? The personnel behind the counter are knowledgeable and can provide you detailed information about various products, as well as point you in the proper direction.

Is it possible for me to get weed delivered?

Using an app-based delivery service like Eaze as an alternative to traditional shopping is a viable option. Create a brief user profile, upload your ID, then place your order online or on your phone. Your product is typically delivered within an hour of placing your order, making it a convenient service for hotel guests or those who aren’t quite ready to come out as cannabis users. Some dispensaries also provide delivery. Places like the Apothecarium in the San Francisco Bay Area publish their whole daily menu online and provide both delivery and in-store pickup, the latter of which helps to reduce wait times.

Where can I get some cannabis to smoke?

Here’s when it gets tricky. While recreational marijuana is legal, it is not lawful to consume it in public areas, as it is with alcohol. However, enforcement is a low priority for police, and a ticket carries a comparatively cheap $70 penalty if it is enforced.

While the law prohibits it, societal norms in big areas such as Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco encourage it. On a beautiful weekend day in any city park, the smell of marijuana will float through at some time. The importance of discretion cannot be overstated.

There are now a few public cannabis consumption venues, known as “social consumption lounges” (SCLs), where you can smoke lawfully indoors. The Bay Area has the most SCLs so far, but more are on the way to Southern California. In the following months and years, expect the tendency to accelerate.

Another alternative is to stay in a place that allows it, such as an Airbnb. Even though they don’t have a filter for it (yet), a search for “420 friendly” on Airbnb will bring up listings of places where guests can consume. TravelTHC and Bud & Breakfast are two websites that advertise lodgings for marijuana users.

Finally, think about going on a cannabis tour. West Coast Cannabis Tours, based in San Diego, provides half-day excursions that include stops at dispensaries and breweries, all on swanky, decked-out private buses where you’re allowed and encouraged to enjoy your purchases. The business is working on new tours in Los Angeles and Orange County, which will debut later this year. Emerald Farm Tours in the Bay Area offers a seed-to-sale trip that includes visits to a cannabis farm, a manufacturing factory, and a retail shop all in one day. The company intends to increase the number of tours it offers.

But what about the federal government?

While medicinal and recreational cannabis usage is allowed in the majority of states, the federal government still considers it unlawful. In reality, it’s still classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government, putting it alongside cocaine and heroin. You can’t ship it or mail it, and you can’t take it on a plane with you. Americans for Safe Access is a fantastic resource for more information on federal cannabis law.

Visit GreenState, an online journal dedicated completely to the issue, if you want to be sure you understand every detail about recreational marijuana use in California before you consume. But if you’re ready to dive into the world of legal recreational marijuana, now is the time to visit California (or Canada).

About the Author: Alan Reid

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