Inyo County located in the eastern central part of California, with Sierra Nevada to the west and Yosemite National Park to the northwest. The county encompasses the Owens River Valley and is bordered by the Sierra Mountains to the west, and the White Mountains and Inyo Mountains to the east.
Inyo County’s Marijuana Policy
Like many counties in California, Inyo County residents are subject to possession laws that limit the amount of marijuana to 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud.
Inyo County and California State Marijuana Laws
Apart from those laws, Inyo County residents are also governed by a state law that defines the amount at which marijuana possession can be considered an arrestable offense. Under California marijuana laws, possession of marijuana in amounts of 28.5 grams or less is considered only a civil infraction, meriting a fine of $100. However, possession of marijuana in amounts exceeding 28.5 grams merits a six month jail term and a $500 fine.
Possession and Cultivation
As part of California, Inyo County is also governed by state laws with regard to the possession and cultivation of marijuana. The only individuals who are allowed to cultivate or process marijuana in any amount are people that have been prescribed medical marijuana by a licensed physician or the caregivers of these patients. Any one not authorized for processing or cultivation of marijuana may be charged a felony offense meriting a sixteen month prison term.
The sale of marijuana is also strictly prohibited under California law, and this applies to Inyo County as well. Any individuals found guilty of selling marijuana in any amount will be charged with a felony meriting a two- to four-year prison term. The penalty is even harsher for selling marijuana to a minor, in which case the offender may be sentenced to three to five years in prison. Offenders under the age of 21 will also have their driver’s license suspended for a year.