“The penalties for marijuana possession and/or sales in California have been lowered. For possession, if you have less than 20.5 grams, which is less than an ounce, the law has changed. That’s a simple infraction. It’s not a criminal conviction anymore.
If you have more than that, I believe they now would look at that as you’re selling the marijuana, especially if you have other indicia of sales, like scales, or baggies and things like that, or they look into your phone and they see text messages. The penalties for something like that ‑‑ you could be on formal probation with some jail time or house arrest.
If you have priors, or if you have a large amount of marijuana, you could even do county jail prison time. There’s no state prison time anymore because the law has changed, but you can do county jail prison time, depending on the amount of marijuana that you have in your possession.” – Philip Greenberg