Things to know about legal recreational use


Existing medical marijuana dispensaries have been given first priority for recreational sales.

Beginning New Years Day, the dispensary became one of dozens across the state licensed to sell recreational marijuana, about a decade after it started selling marijuana medically.

However, cities must sign off on allowing recreational sales, as well.

California voted to legalize in 2016. California is one of five states, in addition to Washington, DC, that did the same.

The sale of recreational marijuana became legal in California this week, creating a market that is forecast to be valued at $63.5 billion by 2024, according to Stratton Report. Only around 90 businesses were granted state licenses to begin selling legally from January 1, all of which were concentrated around San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Palm Springs area.

While the laws are not flawless; no purchasing before 6 AM or after 10 PM, no use in vehicles (even if you're a passenger), no smoking in public places, etc. this is only one step in a direction towards freedom for drug users. Taxes of 10 to 15 percent on purchases could generate hundreds of millions of additional dollars.

Users are not allowed to smoke pot in public, while driving or where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

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LAPD is working "very closely" with the city's Department of Cannabis Regulation in understanding how that department will issue permits, regulate compliance with those permits and ensure that retail sales in the city are "done in a responsible fashion", Moore said.

It has been legal to smoke marijuana in California since a proposition was approved in November 2016, but legal sales for recreation marijuana didn't begin until Monday.

Prior to the New Year, they operated medical marijuana businesses in the state, but have switched over to the recreational market in 2018. "That they want to find a way to tax and regulate cannabis so we can take a chunk out of criminal gangs and put some money into our general fund so we can provide city services".

Real estate prices and warehouse sales may increase due to location demand from both consumers and marijuana growers, and law enforcement will need to adjust to new safety threats - primarily around drivers.

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.

Finding a retail outlet to buy non-medical pot in California won't be easy - at least initially.