Golden State tokers rejoice. The biggest legal recreational marijuana market in America is finally ready to open its doors.
It’s been more than a year since California voted to legalize adult-use cannabis sales in the country’s most populous state by passing Proposition 64, but actual legal recreational weed sales have been on hold while state lawmakers decided on the regulatory framework for the new legal market. While medical marijuana has been legal in California for two decades—accounting for roughly $2 billion in annual sales—state residents must wait until January 2018 before they are able to legally buy marijuana in California without a doctor’s approval.
California will soon join states like Colorado, Oregon, and Nevada that have already expanded into adult-use marijuana markets (in total, seven states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana). In some of those states, eager consumers celebrated the first day of legal recreational pot sales by lining up at their local dispensaries in order to be among the first to participate in the newly-legal marijuana economy.
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