Tuolumne County is located in California’s Sierra Nevada area. Its eastern borders encompass the northern section of Yosemite National Park. During the census of 2010, the population of Tuolumne County was estimated at approximately 55,365, which marked a slight increase from the 54,501 population as estimated during the 2000 census. The seat of the county is Sonora, which is also the only incorporated city in Tuolumne County.
Tuolumne County’s Marijuana Laws
Tuolumne County is governed by California laws that regulate the possession, use, and cultivation of marijuana. In the absence of any clearly defined local marijuana policies, the California laws apply. Under these laws, the possession of marijuana is a non criminal offense provided it is less than the legally allowable amount of 28.5 grams. Individuals found in possession of 28.5 grams of marijuana or less will only be charged a civil infraction, which requires the offender to pay a $100 fine. However, individuals found in possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana may be charged criminally, with a possible 6-month jail term and a $500 fine.
California marijuana laws also allow the cultivation and processing of marijuana by certain individuals, although in limited amounts. Patients that have received a marijuana recommendation from a licensed physician may apply for a state-issued marijuana ID card. This card guarantees that the individual will not be prosecuted for the cultivation and processing of marijuana in amounts of up to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud. Caregivers of medical marijuana patients may also maintain the some amount of bud and number of plants for every patient under his or her care. All other marijuana cultivation and processing is illegal, and the offender faces a possible 16-month prison sentence if found guilty. The sale of marijuana is also illegal in Tuolumne County under state law, with 2- to 4-year sentences awaiting offenders.