The Marijuana Policy Project sent out the following message today in commemoration of the historic day in California:
Starting today, January 1, 2018, Californians and visitors may begin legally purchasing marijuana at licensed retailers! This is a historic moment, coming less than 14 months after voters adopted Proposition 64, which legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over.
To see a complete list of marijuana businesses licensed throughout the state, visit the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s website. The Bureau advises those using the search tool to enter date ranges from 12/14/17 to 1/2/18 for complete results. Currently, several dozen businesses are listed, but in coming weeks and months, the state expects to add hundreds more.
During 2017, lawmakers brought the medical cannabis program and the adult-use program under the authority of the Bureau, and the agency issued rules for businesses. Many communities continue to consider whether to allow businesses to operate. Meanwhile, around 4,500 Californians have had old marijuana records erased or reduced.
2018 will be a big year, as we see the growth and development of what some have predicted will be a market of between $4-7 billion in sales annually.
Please forward this email to your online network and spread the word.
This is a landmark moment for California and the nation. Congratulations to everyone who had a role in making history!
Senior Legislative Counsel
Marijuana Policy Project