Marijuana Penalties Reduced Beginning January 1st

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Beginning January 1, some changes are coming to the penalty for possessing marijuana in California.  
Marijuana possession will be treated by law enforcement the same as a speeding ticket. Carrying up to an ounce of marijuana will be reduced from a misdemeanor to an infraction.  
Anyone charged with possession will not be arrested, will not face jail time, and will not have a criminal record. As part of the new law, those caught with up to an ounce of marijuana will not even have to appear in court.