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Responsible Use of Cannabis

It is legal for adults 21 or older to possess and consume cannabis (marijuana, weed, pot) in California. Sale of cannabis from licensed retail outlets will become legal January 1, 2018.  You can also use cannabis if you are 18 or older and have a current qualifying physician’s recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card.

Using cannabis can be risky, depending on how you use and what you do afterward. If you are thinking about using, be safe. 

Here are some things you should know to help you avoid harming yourself and others:

  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and increases your risk of getting into a car crash.
  • If you smoke or vape cannabis, you may feel the effects right away, but it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel the effects of edibles.  If you eat too much, too fast you are at higher risk for poisoning.
  •  Cannabis affects children more strongly than adults. Children are at higher risk for poisoning from cannabis, especially with edibles.
  • Protect your children and pets. Store all cannabis products in a locked area. Make sure children cannot see or reach the locked area.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant soon,  you should not use cannabis.

 Check out the resources below for more advice on how to keep yourself and those around you safe. 

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