California begins recreational marijuana sales

Jeannie Matthews
January 12, 2018

By comparison, Colorado sales reached slightly more than $1.3 billion in 2016 and will top that this year, according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Workers at Torrey Holistics, a San Diego marijuana dispensary. "It's a monumental moment and we are ecstatic to be a part of it".

The police department is also working with Cannabis Regulation, the Los Angeles County Health Department and the state's Bureau of Cannabis Control to understand how retail sales will unfold in the coming days - as well as any consequences to public safety, Moore said. "A lot of that is going to be complaint-driven right now", he said.

Given that kind of backing and the recent movement in California, Sessa believes the momentum is on the side of marijuana proponents in Florida. As of Friday, 49 retail licenses had been issued by the state for businesses to sell recreational marijuana.

Packer also said that initially her office will only process applications from existing businesses that have been operating as medical marijuana shops in compliance with Proposition D, which was approved in 2013 by city voters and limited the number of dispensaries within Los Angeles city limits to 135 - the number of dispensaries operating before September 14, 2007. Meanwhile, the cities of Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside have adopted laws that outright forbid the sale of recreational marijuana.

Monday was a muted rollout, though, because the licensing procedure is not in place in many cities. Vallejo has long-since allowed the sale of medical marijuana.

Voters set this change in motion when they approved Proposition 64 in November 2016.

Thousands of Californians rang in 2018 by lining up at dispensaries across the Golden State to buy recreational marijuana.

There are still restrictions on when the drug can be used.

As for people lining up, many say they're glad to see that California's cash crop will finally be regulated.

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Summary: Starting January 1, recreational marijuana is now legal for adults to buy in the state of California.

How will it affect the industry at large?

In 1996, California was the first state to legalise marijuana for medicinal use.

There are also concerns that the relatively low number of licenses issued so far for recreational marijuana could lead to a dry spell if the new distribution system fails to meet demand fast enough.

The business has grown from nine employees and dozens of customers four years ago to 80 employees and 45,000 customers, said Moutawakkil, a Santa Cruz native.

As customers waited in lines around several Bay Area cities Monday morning to be the first to legally purchase cannabis for recreational use, the scene in Vallejo was different. The temporary license was fairly easy to get because some requirements for background checks and security were waived.

Moore noted that officials are looking at other states that have implemented recreational cannabis use and are trying to learn from their experience, particularly as it relates to driving.

In Northern California, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Democratic state Sen.

"We're the last generation to grow up with weed illegally, we got in trouble as teenagers, it's the end of a prohibition".

While some states have legalized the use of marijuana, the drug is still illegal under federal law.

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