CALIFORNIA — Legal recreational marijuana officially became legal in California on Monday, twenty years following its vote to legalize pot for medicinal purposes.
However, the legal sale of recreational marijuana is still limited; only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open Monday, with dispensaries concentrated in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Palm Springs area.
California’s historic decision means that it joins Colorado, Washington, Washington D.C., Alaska, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon in the growing list of states that have legalized recreational marijuana – in all, 29 states have some sort of marijuana laws in place.
Last year, California voters made it legal for adults over the age of 21 to grow, possess and use marijuana, but selling pot for recreational purposes was still illegal prior to the New Year.
Last month, Los Angeles officials announced that the city will begin accepting license applications on January 3rd, and may take several weeks to process.