Are you old enough to buy and drink beer in California? Then, you’re old enough to buy weed and its products for recreational facilities.

However, buying legal weed isn’t that easy for all. There are some rules and regulations that guide the purchase and consumption of cannabis products. You don’t want to break any of them.

But first!

Where Do You Buy Cannabis?

Legally, you can only buy legal weed in a state-licensed dispensary. Take your time to check through Sacramento dispensaries and whether or not they’re open to the public.

In most cases, you’ll be allowed to buy cannabis products from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know to legally purchase and use weed during your stay in California.

Have Your Cash and Identification Documents

Any adult above the age of 21 years can buy legal recreational weed in retail dispensaries. An identification document to ascertain your age is mandatory before making a purchase. The dispensaries are very keen on adhering to the state set standards, therefore, expect your ID to be checked before admission to the sales area.

For years, the federal government has been at loggerheads with the states on the legalization of weed. Even today, the federal government considers marijuana as a harmful drug. As such, several credit companies are leery of running into trouble with the federal government for facilitating these sales. For this reason, almost all recreational dispensaries have an ATM where you withdraw the money and pay in cash.

Seek Clarification Before Making a Purchase

Buying recreational marijuana for the first time isn’t easy. There’s a variety on the counter for you to choose from. For instance, you may come across edible treats like candy, prerolled joints, smoked flowers among others.

The quality and strength of these products will vary from one to the other. Feel free to ask the attendants about what they recommend for you and why. Also, pay close attention to the labels and the THC concentration marks.

Buy the Right Amount of Marijuana

A gram of marijuana “leaf” or “bud” costs anywhere between $10 to $15. You can buy a maximum of 28.5 grams of weed a day from a licensed dispensary. Well, that’s more than you need as leaves and flowers are very light.

For concentrates, you can only buy 8 grams including the edibles containing that concentrate.

Don’t Open the Lid

The dispensary clerks will give you the product in a carefully marked and sealed container. Ensure it remains so until you get at home. If the lid opens, then keep the product safely in the trunk.

Differentiate THC and CBD

THC is the addictive compound found in marijuana. It’s also responsible for making you feel high. As such, the government is keen on controlling it.

CBD is a chemical compound present in marijuana. It is not addictive and is responsible for several health benefits associated with weed.


California is one of the states where you can comfortably buy legal weed. As a tourist, you need to buy weed from licensed recreational dispensaries. Also, control the amount you take daily for optimum results