How the New Marijuana Law Effects the City of Waterford

Prior to November 9, 2016 commercial and outdoor cultivation of Marijuana was prohibited within the City of Waterford. The Waterford Municipal Code of ordinance has been amended to continue to prohibit commercial and outdoor cultivation of marijuana, but based on Proposition 64 voted in by the people of California; indoor cultivation cannot be prohibited after 6 plants, but may be regulated by an Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Permit established by ordinance.


On November 8, 2016, Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“AUMA”), was approved by California voters and became effective on November 9, 2016.  The AUMA has legalized the nonmedical use of marijuana by persons 21 years of age and older, and the personal cultivation of up to six marijuana plants. It makes it legal for persons 21 years of age or older to: (1) smoke or ingest marijuana or marijuana products; (2) possess, process, transport, purchase, obtain, or give away to persons 21 years of age or older, without compensation, 28.5 grams of marijuana, or 8 grams of concentrated marijuana; and (3) possess, plant, cultivate, harvest, dry or process up to six living marijuana plants for personal use.




Q: How much Marijuana can I legally be allowed to possess on my person?


A: 28.5 grams or about 1 ounce


Q: How old do I have to be to smoke recreational marijuana?


A: At least 21 years old.


Q: What other states have legalized recreational marijuana?


A: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington


Q: Am I allowed to grow my own marijuana?


A: Yes. You are allowed to grow up to 6 plants for personal use; however in the city of Waterford, an Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Permit is required. (Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Permit.)


Q: Are there shops in the state now where I can buy recreational marijuana?


A: Not at this time. A medical marijuana card is still required to make purchases at dispensaries. The state is in the process of determining rules and regulations to sell recreational use marijuana, which can possibly take until 2018.


Q: Can I smoke marijuana in public?


A: No, you can only smoke in a private space.


Q: Am I allowed to smoke marijuana and drive?


A: “Whether its marijuana, a prescription drug and unknown substance or alcohol, if any of those impair your driving, you’re subject to DUI laws in California.