California Drug Laws

As drug laws across the nation have been shifting and changing, each state seems to have it’s own moving parts in any given moment. California is no different. In fact, California is often a blueprint for changes in the USA and it’s no different with California’s drug laws. The state changed the game with Proposition 47, known as the Safe Neighborhoods and Safe Schools Act.  that took drug possession and illicit use from a felony to a misdemeanor. California was lauded because of the success of Prop. 47. With the legalization of recreational marijuana, and drug laws changing it’s hard to know what’s currently legal and what the consequences of possession and illicit drug use are at any given time in California.


Marijuana – Legalized

The controversial wave of marijuana legalization sweeping the country, particularly the northwest, hit California in 2016. After Washington and Oregon decriminalized weed, it was only a matter of time before California did the same. In 2016 after much controversy, and conflict from one political spectrum to another, California voters made recreational marijuana use legal. The bill that was passed labeled the appropriate legal age of use to be 21 and over. They set a limit of 28.5 grams of weed per person at a given time. According to the law, a Californian can also grow a limit of 6 cannabis plants per person if they want to process their own marijuana.


California Health & Safety Code §11350

California Health & Safety Code §11350 defines the kinds of drugs that California law calls illegal, all grouped by level of consequence. Under the law the following drugs are labeled as illegal substances, in some cases they are only illegal depending on how they are acquired or used. For instance, prescription drugs are obviously legal within the confines of a doctor’s prescription. But many Californians purchase their opioid pills on the street and without a doctor’s prescription.


  • Schedule 1: opiates, cocaine, mescaline
  • Schedule 2: opium, morphine, narcotics
  • Schedule 3: pentobarbital, anabolic steroids
  • Schedule 4: heavily controlled prescription drugs eg: zolpidem
  • Schedule 5:  lighter weight prescription drugs eg: codeine


Proposition 47

Proposition 47 was controversial when it passed and remains that way today. Some critics say it isn’t working and never has! Some say it is working beautifully. Many people across the nation have lauded the effort as an effort toward rehabilitation over institutionalization. This not only offers the community some stabilization, keeping families together, but it reduces cost on the community as well. The emphasis on rehabilitation for minor crimes including minor drug crimes, gives offenders a sense of hope for a better future through recovery, and a hope for the community as well.


Treatment in California

Regardless of if an intoxicating substance is legal or illegal, if it is addictive, you may need to seek treatment either way. If you are searching for a rehab program that is for a legal substance like alcohol, or for an illicit substance like heroin, Aspire Health Network has substance abuse recovery programs in California that have the right program for you. Whether you are looking for a program in state or out of state. Aspire Health Network has recovery programs all across the northwest from Alaska, to Oregon and in California. Aspire creates drug recovery programs individual to the patient.

Call today to learn more about how Aspire Health Network can help you.