What Proposition 19 Does 

Just the facts about the initiative.

Regulates cannabis similar to alcohol.

Does not change state law regarding medical cannabis.

Does not affect business laws prohibiting workplace use or driving while intoxicated.

Lawful Activities

Persons 21 and older may possess, process, share, or transport up to one ounce of cannabis for individual consumption and not for sale.

Persons 21 and older can cultivate on private property 25 square-feet of cannabis and possess whatever they grow.

No public cannabis consumption except on licensed premises permitted by a local government.

No using cannabis while operating a vehicle, boat, or aircraft. No operating a vehicle, boat, or aircraft under the influence.

Commercial Regulations

Empowers local governments to adopt ordinances to license and tax commercial cultivation and sale of cannabis to those 21 and over.

All licensed commercial employees must be over 21.

Non-licensed commercial growers and sellers can be subject to a fine.

Local governments can set laws on commercial sale locations, size, hours, occupancy, advertising, signs, and taxes.

Local government can permit larger amounts for personal possession if they choose.

Cities may tax commercial use, and licensed premises must pay all taxes.

Police cannot seize lawfully cultivated or possessed marijuana.

No interstate or international transportation.

Employers can fire employees for being impaired. Allows employers to meet drug-free workplace safety standards.


Furnishing cannabis to minors or employing them in a cannabis trade can result in three to seven years in prison.

Those 21 and over who knowingly furnish cannabis to a person 18 years or under could receive up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Business owners who furnish to those younger than 21 will lose cannabis license for one year.


Voters or the legislature may amend the Act to further its purposes, possibly including a statewide regulatory system, raising personal possession limits and permitting hemp.

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