California is a place that is green with possibilities. With the newest legal move towards cannabis being available not only for medical use but for recreational use, the possibilities open up even more for a homeowner and would-be urban gardeners.

When considering cannabis growth whether it be for recreational, medical, or desire for turning potential land into a budding and flowering legal business, know that location is indeed entirely the world. Some areas in California were highly supportive of cannabis legislation such as Palm Springs where there was a high percentage of voters open to cannabis business. Culver City is also extremely green friendly to cannabis professionals with major backing and entry from giant cannabis companies such as MedMen.

In this guide, we’ll go over some basics for homeowners who may have no intention of making a business or a massive farm with their property but want to go about it for their medical or recreational purpose without the worry of legal drama.


Age Matters

The legal age for cannabis either growth or consumption is 21. If you are a young homeowner, you will not be able to take advantage of the new legislation.


Know Your Numbers

California only allows for six plants to be grown at any time. These plants are your responsibility and your private matter. Regardless of the number of adults over 21, you are only allowed to have a total of six plants on your property. These plants may only be used for personal use and sale is still prohibited and a punishable offense. You are allowed to privately possess anything you harvest from your own plants regardless of the quantity held elsewhere.


Get a Scale

One ounce is all that’s allowed outside of the plants for someone to have without issues. This equates to approximately 28.5 grams allowable to have at any time privately aside from any amount you harvest from your plants. If you choose to harvest and give something to an of-age neighbor or friend you are still allowed to have up to an ounce in your possession.


Shared and Publicly Visible Lands

Homeowners that live near schools or other publicly accessible places where plants may be viewable should be cautious as it may be illegal in those cases. Cannabis growth is highly frowned upon in places viewable publicly as well as on lands shared in public conjunction. Culver City and San Diego have laws specifically disallowing cannabis growth on these shared public lands. If your property has any connection to public view or access, you should be aware of the potential for there to be pushback of some kind.


Be Mindful of Your Neighbors

Homeowners that choose to grow outside their home but are advised to still exercise with caution. Plants are intended to be for private use whether recreational or medicinal. If you have neighbors that are not keen on cannabis, you may run into more problems even with the new legislation. It is best to keep your plants out of sight and out of mind to those who might not be as cannabis friendly while keeping in line with what is allowable by the law. (Related: Essential Oils That Will Keep Pets Free of Fleas All Year Long)


City Differences

Cities and counties have taken agency to determine their own interpretation and permissibility of cannabis in the purview of their individual jurisdiction. Regulations on cannabis vary from city to city. Knowing these regulations are particularly pertinent. Some cities have specifically made ordinances regarding cannabis growth. Some cities disallow cannabis growth entirely outdoors. Permits are required in some cities in order to grow cannabis even indoors depending on the reasoning despite the legal opening being greenlit.

Persons considering property in a more cannabis friendly area should consult their local real estate agencies. Even cities close together may have vastly different laws regarding cannabis let alone separate counties. For example the city itself of San Bernardino currently is extremely cannabis friendly allowing outdoor and indoor growth without a permit required in addition to the ability to sell, test, manufacture, or distribute in business properties yet Rialto and Fontana, located within San Bernardino county only allows for indoor growth with a permits. Needles, in less urban San Bernardino county, however has a ban on growing cannabis outdoors as well as a restriction on business distribution when for recreational sale and consumption.

Current homeowners and potential homeowners or aspiring cannabis business entrepreneurs are still advised to exercise caution however due to federal restrictions. This is not meant to be a full comprehensive guide nor legal advice of any kind. It is strongly advised that you consider speaking to an attorney to verify specifications as every city may have different laws and the content of those laws and their enforcement may vary from time of publication.


Ultimately Prop 64 paved the way for cannabis advocates but the journey is far from over.  When growing in your home or on your property in California whether for medical, recreational, or possible business, know that the laws state that you can do so but where and how to go about doing it may be subject to municipal or other regulations. Do your homework and consume responsibly. The green leaf revolution is still budding and with the way things are going, the flower may arrive sooner than you might think. Be patient, safe, and aware.