Legal States

California Marijuana Penalties

Offense

Penalty

Incarceration

  Max. Fine  

Possession

Personal Use

28.5 grams or less

infraction

N/A

$ 100

28.5 grams or less, over 18 years, and occurred on school grounds

misdemeanor

10 days

$ 500

28.5 grams or less, under 18 years

misdemeanor

10 days*

$ 250

More than 28.5 grams

misdemeanor

6 mos

$ 500

With Intent to Distribute

Any amount

felony

16 mos - 3 years

$ 0

*Detention center

Sale or Delivery

Any amount

felony

2 - 4 years

$ 0

Gift of 28.5 grams or less

misdemeanor

N/A

$ 100

Over 18 years to an individual 14-17 years

felony

3 - 7 years

$ 0

Cultivation

Any amount

felony

16 mos - 3 years

$ 0

Hash & Concentrates

Possession

N/A

1 year

$ 500

Unauthorized manufacture

N/A

16 mos - 3 years

$ 500

Chemical manufacture

N/A

3 - 7 years

$ 50,000

Paraphernalia

Sale, delivery, possession with intent, and manufacture with intent

misdemeanor

15 days - 6 mos

$ 500

Involving a minor at least 3 years junior

misdemeanor

1 year

$ 1,000

Forfeiture

Vehicles and other property may be seized for controlled substance violations.

Miscellaneous

Using a minor in the unlawful sale or transport of marijuana is a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment. Inducing a minor to use marijuana is also a felony punishable by 3-7 years imprisonment.

Any violation of the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act results in a fine up to $150.

A person who participates in the illegal marketing of marijuana is liable for civil damages.

It is a misdemeanor to loiter in a public place with the intent to commit certain controlled substances offenses.

A controlled substance conviction can result in suspension of driving privileges.