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The legalized marijuana era begins in California

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"California pot shops prepare for their first day of legal recreational marijuana sales," by L.A. Times' Angel Jennings and Sarah Parvini:

  • The nation's largest state today marks its first day of legal recreational marijuana sales, after voters approved legalization in 2016.
  • Robert Taft Jr., founder of the medical marijuana dispensary 420 Central in Santa Ana, "brought in five new cash registers and hired six additional 'budtenders.'"
  • "To sell cannabis commercially in January — for recreational or medical use — marijuana businesses must have local approval and a state license."
  • Per AP: In general, the state will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of pot and grow six marijuana plants at home."
  • Bummer: "Los Angeles has delayed accepting applications for legal sales until Jan. 3, and it will be weeks before any shops open."
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