[wikipedia]Marijuana, a.k.a., Cannabis, is often referred to as weed, pot or ganja among other things. There are both state and federal laws against the possession and sale of marijuana. However, California law permits medical use of marijuana by people who have medical doctor's recommendation.

It is a drug that is pretty easy to get in Davis, thanks to a solid base of college students. There are two head shops in Davis these days with a fairly decent selection. Newsbeat sells corn cob and mini wooden pipes without the holes in the sides (carbs); these are intended for tobacco only, but they are very cheap ($3.25) and will do in a bind. You can buy hemp products all over town and obviously the Whole Earth Festival causes a cloud to descend on the city. Folks that smoke a ton of weed are commonly referred to as [WWW]stoners or potheads.

Some think that this substance is one of the cornerstones of Davis life and culture and that if Davis wasn't so full of good grass then it would be full of a lot of bored and angry college kids. Others disagree and think it is the scourge of the earth.

Some Davisites also believe that cannabis is a gateway drug ... to awesomeness. Of course, its nickname "demon weed" also points to others blaming it for quite a bit of sadness and pain.

[WWW]Cultural Baggage airs on KDRT and is hosted by Drug Truth Network. It is hosted by an ex-cop who often interviews Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.

oregano.jpgOregano in a water pipe sspotone.jpgone of many UCD campus smoke spots, notice the graffitied joint

  1. The Law
  2. Culture
  3. Health and Option
    1. Anti-marijuana links
    2. Pro-marijuana links
    3. Marijuana Addiction Recovery
    4. Balanced views
  4. Legal Issues
      1. Medical
  5. Local Sources
  6. Discussion
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The Law

After Prop 36 was passed in 2000, the penalties for possession of marijuana were made much lighter. Possession of an ounce (28.5 grams) or less is not an arrestable offense. It became a misdemeanor punishable by a $100 fine, but no jail time. If you are under the age of 21, the court can also take away your driver license for up to a year. Possession of paraphernalia is punishable by a civil fine of $200-300 for the first offense, more for subsequent offenses. Penalties for the sale and cultivation of marijuana are much greater. More information on the law regarding marijuana can be found [WWW]here.

In 2010, possession of an ounce or less was downgraded from a misdemeanor to an infraction. In effect, this means that the consequences of getting caught with a moderate amount of pot are no greater than if you were to receive a mild traffic citation. All that lingers is the $100 fine, although the matter is public record and could show up in a background check.

Medical Marijuana laws are also in effect and can be found [WWW]here. Even though there are medical marijuana laws in California, the U.S. still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug and sometimes enforces over California laws, including for medical marijuana. 420 Relief, now out of business, was a place in Davis where marijuana cards could be obtained by qualifying patients in order to have legal medical access.



420.JPGon a bench in the Mace Ranch Park Gazebo

Hunter S. Thompson jokingly offers this advice:

Health and Option

Anti-marijuana links

Pro-marijuana links

Marijuana Addiction Recovery

Marijuana Anonymous
For those who think pot may be a problem Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is available. MA is a 12 Step program guided by the 12 Traditions. A belief in a "higher power" is suggested but not mandated: only "a desire to stop using marijuana" is needed.

Other Recovery Options
Other recovery options include medical treatment (talk to your physician!), [WWW]LifeRing, [WWW]SMART Recovery and other 12 step programs with a "general consumer" scope, such as [WWW]Narcotics Anonymous or [WWW]Cocaine Anonymous which welcome potheads. All have online information, chat, and meetings and other help for those who have lost control over their use. Many churches have 12 Step programs that don't follow the 12 Traditions.

Balanced views

Legal Issues

If you get caught smoking weed the consequences can vary widely. I would suggest getting caught by the police rather than your mother. They really are much easier on you. If you get caught by the police with a small amount of weed, they will probably confiscate it and your pipe/bong/joint/wooden leg/smoking device, take down your name, and tell you to be on your way. Legally speaking, possession of one ounce (28.5 gms) or less is punishable by a maximum $100 fine. If you have >1 ounce you'll probably get arrested and maybe charged. Possession with intent to sell any amount of marijuana is a felony. If you are driving, and the cops find weed in your car, you will probably get a DWI if you are acting stoned. However, there is no test for being under the influence of marijuana and therefore if you act normal its very hard to prove. Beware that cops are more likely to hassle you about drugs in a vehicle than when you are walking around with them.

Warning: If you are planning on getting caught with illegal drugs, I suggest you do not rely on me or Daviswiki, neither of which takes any responsibility for you. If you are charged with a crime, find yourself a lawyer.

According to [WWW] the following lawyer has provided counsel on marijuana cases in the past:

Contact the local ACLU for free legal advice.


* California prop. 215 Legalized medical Marijuana, however, Federal law is not in sync with this State law. [WWW]external link

Local Sources

You just gotta know where, and who.

For medical marijuana users there are several dispensaries in the Sacramento and Bay areas. There are no dispensaries physically located in Yolo County. However, a few local patient to patient collectives serve the Davis area with delivery of medicinal products. You can find a list of delivery services in Davis at [WWW] A list of California dispensaries outside of Yolo County is hosted at [WWW]

Davis City Code 40.26.275: Prohibition of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. Medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited in all zoning districts, including without limitation to all planned development districts. The city adopted this ordinance because of the conflict between federal and state law on medical marijuana.


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I find it both amusing and somewhat hypocritical that Davis, the supposed paragon of liberal thought and deed, forbids medical marijuana dispensaries within it's borders.
They cite the conflict between state and federal law Daubert

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