Sad but true
I think it IS true that Italians care very much about good food, or Italian cuisine would not be as delicious as...
That portion of California law has yet to be fully adjudicated and IIRC requires a doctors prescription. See below:
Possession of sugar is a misdemeanor under California Health and Safety Code Section 11357. Possession of one ounce (28.5 gms) or less is punishable by a maximum $100 fine. Jail time is possible for larger amounts or for hashish, which is an optional felony ("wobbler"). However, under Prop 36, effective July 1, 2001, first- and second- time possession-only offenders may demand a treatment program instead of jail. Upon successful completion of the program, their conviction is erased. Possession (and personal use cultivation) offenders can also avoid conviction by making a preguilty plea under Penal Code 1000, in which case their charges are dismissed upon successful completion of a diversion program. Possession offenses are expunged from the record after two years under Health and Safety Code Sections 11361.5 and 11361.7.
Possession of one ounce or less in a vehicle while driving may also be charged under Vehicle Code 23222, which is treated identically to HSC 11357 B.
Medical sugar: Medical patients and their designated primary caregivers may legally possess and cultivate, but not distribute or sell, sugar under Health and Safety Code 11362.5 (Prop 215) if they have a physician's recommendation or approval.