California Legalizes Recreational Marijuana!
California is now the biggest state to legalize recreational cannabis. On Monday, dispensaries in major cities such as Berkeley, Oakland, San Jose and San Diego opened their doors to non-patients while cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are awaiting licenses to be issued soon.
Diana Gladden, 48, bought marijuana for herself and her elderly parents told The New York Times, "This is a whole new world opening up. My mother, a very strict Southern Baptist, now thinks it’s O.K. because it’s legal.” While medical marijuana has been legal in the state for two decades, the rollout for the states recreational regulations has been rather slow. However, cannabis is now legal on the entire west coast, including Alaska.
According to Alex Traverso, a spokesman for California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, 100 dispensaries were given licensing to sell recreational cannabis. And with that, dispensaries saw unusually long lines at their establishments beginning Monday. One dispensary in Oakland had a line of 200 people before its opening at 6 a.m.
“Happy New Year!” Steve DeAngelo, the executive director of the dispensary, shouted through a bullhorn. “We’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time.”