The third most heavily populated county in California, Orange County has a population of 3,010, 232 as determined by the 2010 census. Despite its large population – Orange County is the sixth most heavily populated county in the United States – it is actually the smallest county in Southern California in terms of land area. In fact, compared to Ventura County (the next smallest county in the region) Orange County is only half the size. An affluent community known for its conservative political leanings, Orange County is also famous for numerous man-made and natural attractions.
Orange County Marijuana Laws
As with most other counties in California, marijuana possession has largely been decriminalized in Orange County. In fact, possession of 28.5 grams of marijuana or less is a non-arrestable offense, which merits only a civil infraction fine of $100. For possession of marijuana in excess of 28.5 grams however, the charge becomes arrestable and may involve a potential 6-month jail term and a $500 fine.
Certain individuals are allowed to cultivate and process marijuana under California law, which applies to Orange County residents as well. Under these laws, medical marijuana patients–those that have been prescribed medical marijuana by a doctor–and their caregivers may cultivate and process in limited amounts. The law currently places the limit at 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud. Person unauthorized to cultivate and process marijuana may be charged with a felony offense which merits a 16-month prison term.
Selling marijuana in Orange County is illegal as it is in the rest of California. Regardless of amount, this offense is punishable by a 2- to 4-year prison sentence, which is increased to 3 to 5 years if the m is sold to a minor. Additionally, minors convicted of selling marijuana in Orange County may have their driver’s licenses revoked for a period of one year.