Sacramento County is one of 58 counties in California and the 8th largest in the Greater Sacramento area. The county itself is adjacent to San Francisco bay, and stretches from between the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers toward the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. Sacramento is the seat of Sacramento County, and it has a population of about 1,418,788 according to the census of 2010.
Possession of Marijuana in Sacramento County
As in most counties of California, marijuana possession in Sacramento County has been largely decriminalized. Possession of 28.5 grams or less is considered a mere civil infraction, although it requires the offender to pay a $100 fine. Possession of marijuana in amounts exceeding 28.5 grams merits a stiffer penalty, with a possible 6-month jail term and a $500 fine.
Sacramento County is also subject to medical marijuana laws that allow authorized patients and their caregivers to cultivate and process certain amounts of marijuana. Patients will first need to get the recommendation of a doctor for medical marijuana as a treatment for an illness or health condition. Based on the doctor’s recommendation, the patient will then be able to secure a medical marijuana card that guarantees against prosecution for the cultivation and processing of marijuana. Caregivers will also have to secure a similar ID. 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of bud is the current limit for each marijuana patient. Individuals found to have cultivated and processed marijuana illegally may face a 16-month prison sentence.
Sacramento County’s Marijuana Sales Laws
Sacramento County residents are also banned from selling marijuana in any amount under California marijuana laws. The only exceptions to these laws are legal dispensaries that are allowed to sell marijuana to authorized medical marijuana patients. The unauthorized selling of any amount of marijuana is a felony offense that may result in a 2- to 4-year prison term.