Lake County is located in north central California, just north of the Bay Area in San Francisco. One of the county’s claims to fame is Clear Lake, which is the largest natural lake situated entirely in California and from which the county derived its name. The county’s population was estimated at more than 64,600 during the 2010 census. The seat of Lake County is Lakeport.
Lake County’s Marijuana Laws
In July, 2012, the board of supervisors in the county approved an ordinance that specified the number of marijuana plants that may be grown in Lake County and the size of the grow area. Residents are legally allowed a maximum of six mature plants grown in an area of half an acre or smaller in size. For larger grow areas, the allowable number of plants increases considerably, with 48 plants allowed for the maximum allowable grow size of 40 acres.
In addition to these local laws, Lake County residents are also subject to the laws that limit possession to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud. The county also works under state law that mandates a criminal charge for the possession of marijuana in excess of 28.5 grams, meriting a six-month jail term and a $500 fine. However, individuals possessing 28.5 grams or less will only be charged a civil infraction and a $100 fine.
Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution in Lake County
The cultivation and processing of marijuana is also a criminal offense in Lake County, it being part of California. This offense merits a 16-month prison term. The only exceptions to this law are medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. For these individuals, cultivation and processing of marijuana is legally allowed within specific amounts.
Under California law, Lake County residents are also forbidden from selling marijuana in any amount. This offense may merit a 2- to 4-year prison term.