California Health and Safety Code 11377 makes it illegal to possess methamphetamine for personal use. Methamphetamine is classified as a dangerous Schedule 2 drug based on its high potential for physical and psychological abuse and addiction. In most cases, possession of methamphetamine will be charged as a misdemeanor, providing there are no aggravating circumstances, and assuming you have not been convicted of prior serious felonies, and/or that you are not a registered sex offender.
A first offense possession of methamphetamine will often qualify you for a drug diversion program, so long as you do not have a lengthy criminal record. Penalties for felony methamphetamine possession, however, may include up to three years in California State Prison, fines, probation, court-ordered drug programs, and community service. A felony conviction for meth possession will remain on your criminal record.