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You can legally use cannabis if you are 21 or older. 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.
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Talk openly and provide guidance about the risks of using cannabis. Stay positive and focus on how using cannabis can get in the way of youth achieving their goals. Set shared guidelines and expectations for healthy behaviors. Be aware of your own attitudes and behaviors.
When you smoke or vape cannabis you may feel the effects quickly, but it can take between 30 minutes and two hours to feel the effects of edibles like cookies, sodas, and ice cream. Edibles may have higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the active ingredient in cannabis). It is important to know about the delayed effects of edibles because if you eat too much too fast, you are at a higher risk of poisoning.
Store all cannabis products in a locked area. Make sure children cannot see or reach the locked area. Keep cannabis in child-resistant packaging from the store. Cannabis affects children more strongly than adults. Children are at higher risk for cannabis poisoning, especially from edibles. If you think a child may have ingested cannabis, call the Poison Control Center at 800-222- 1222. If you think a child needs immediate medical help, call 911.
Use of medicinal cannabis is legal if you have a current qualifying physician's recommendation or a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card. To buy medicinal cannabis, you must be 18 or older and have either have current qualifying physician's recommendation, a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card or be a Primary Caregiver as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7(d). You can possess up to eight ounces of dried cannabis and up to six mature or 12 immature cannabis plants unless the physician's recommendation specifies a higher amount. With a valid county-issued medical marijuana identification card, you do not have to pay sales tax when you buy cannabis, but you may have to pay other taxes.