Marin County is located in the north of San Francisco’s Bay Area in California. The county is connected to San Francisco County by the Golden Gate Bridge and the seat of the county is San Rafael. In the 2010 census, the population of Marin County was estimated at 252,400. Among its most notable establishments is the Skywalker Ranch. A high-income community with the fifth highest per capita income in the United States in 2009, Marin County is also known for its considerable natural features.
Marijuana Laws in Marin County
State marijuana laws allow medical marijuana patients in Marin County and their caregivers to maintain 6 mature plants OR 12 immature plants AND 8 ounces of bud. Individuals with marijuana ID cards can maintain marijuana up to these amounts without fear of prosecution.
California marijuana possession is not entirely legal, but it has been decriminalized for amounts of 28.5 grams or less. Such an offense is considered a mere civil infraction – which is not an arrestable offense – and meriting only a $100 fine. Possession in excess of 28.5 grams or less is an arrestable however, and subject to a 6-month prison term and a $500 fine.
Except for medical marijuana patients and their caregivers, cultivation and processing of marijuana is not allowed in Marin County regardless of amount. Such an offense may result in a 16-month prison term.
As with all counties in California, selling marijuana is illegal in any amount. The only exceptions to this law are legal dispensaries that are allowed to provide medical marijuana for approved patients in limited amounts. For all other offenders, the sale of marijuana may merit a 2- to 4-year felony sentence. If the marijuana is sold to a minor, the offender may be liable for a 3- to 5-year prison term. Offenders under the age of 21 may also have their driver’s licenses suspended for one year.