Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Californians Line Up For Legal Recreational Marijuana

IndustryPoliticsConfusion Reigns in Los Angeles on California’s First Day of Legal Sales Hayley Fox IndustryPoliticsConfusion Reigns in Los Angeles on California’s First Day of Legal Sales Hayley Fox
Nellie Chapman | 02 January, 2018, 08:07

Recreational cannabis sales officially begin in California today, but fewer than 100 adult-use retail licenses have been issued throughout the state - which may lead to long lines and out-of-stock issues for the rec stores able to open their doors on New Year's Day.

Jessica, who works at A Green Alternative also in San Diego, had the same experience: "We have been very busy", she said.

More than six dozen marijuana retailers have been licensed to start selling recreational pot in California on New Year's Day. Both are in West Hollywood and, at the city's request, will open January 2, not on New Year's Day.

The new California law, passed by voter referendum in 2016, allows people over 21 to possess, transport, purchase, consume or share up to 28.5 grams of marijuana, and up to 8 grams of marijuana concentrates.

Marijuana became legal in California from Monday and users can now grow plants and buy legal cannabis products.

California voters chose to legalize pot for adults in 2016. However, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, now leading polls to succeed Brown after the elections later this year, is a proponent of legal marijuana.

"Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed 10,000 dollars", said the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department.

As of Friday afternoon, only two shops in the Greater Los Angeles area had been granted licenses to start recreational sales.

San Diego, San Jose and Sacramento are the largest cities in the state where rec stores are expected to be open on New Year's Day.

Opponents, however, have argued liberalised marijuana laws carry major public safety risks and make pot more accessible to youngsters.