What is Prop 64?
On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 (the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Prop. 64)). It legalizes the responsible use of marijuana by adults 21 and over and reduces the criminal penalties for most remaining marijuana offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and some misdemeanors to infractions. Prop. 64 applies to both juveniles and adults. This guide only covers adults. If you have questions about how Prop. 64 affects juveniles please contact our Juvenile Delinquency office at (858) 974-5757.
In addition to legalizing the responsible use of marijuana by adults 21 and over, Prop. 64 allows most people previously convicted of most marijuana felonies to have a judge reclassify their felony convictions as misdemeanors. It also allows most people previously convicted of marijuana misdemeanors to have a judge reclassify their misdemeanor convictions as infractions. Finally, it allows some individuals to have their prior convictions dismissed and sealed entirely.