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California: January 1 Starts Retail Marijuana Sales

Sunday, December 31, 2017

By BRIAN MELLEY,  Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians will awake on New Year's Day to the state's first legal retail marijuana sales.

The day comes more than two decades after California paved the way for legal weed by passing the first medical marijuana law in the U.S., though other states were quicker to allow recreational use of the drug.

But finding legal pot may be a challenge in the first days of recreational sales in California. Only about six dozen businesses received state licenses to open on New Year's Day. Shops are expected to be open from the hamlet of Shasta Lake south of Oregon to San Diego.