Adult Use Retail Sales To Commence In California

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 28, 2017

    Marijuana ScienceSelect retailers will begin engaging in adult use marijuana sales on the morning of Monday, January 1. California joins Alaska, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington in permitting cannabis sales to those over the age of 21.

    Two additional states – Maine and Massachusetts – permit adults to legally possess and grow cannabis, but have yet to enact regulations permitting the plant’s commercial cultivation and sale.

    Under California law, retailers must possess a state license and also be compliant with local regulations. Numerous municipalities — including Berkeley, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles — have approved local regulations to permit marijuana retailers. Existing medical cannabis dispensaries are allowed to engage in adult use sales if they possess dual licensing.

    “The rollout of legalized retail marijuana sales for adults in California marks another watershed moment for the movement to reform our nation’s marijuana laws,” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “As is often the case, California will continue its role as a political bellwether state. It’s successful implementation of adult use regulation will inspire further states to follow its lead.”

    Separate regulations governing the production, testing, packaging, and sale of medical cannabis also take effect on January 1. The regulations are the first broad set of rules governing medical cannabis production in California since voters approved of the practice in 1996.

    21 responses to “Adult Use Retail Sales To Commence In California”

    1. Dain Bramage says:

      That’s momentum like a freight train for the marijuana legalization movement.

      But it doesn’t make us unstoppable. If The Resistance fails, the marijuana legalization movement fails.

      We cannot make ANY concessions to Trump, not out of fear, not out of stupidity.

    2. Evening Bud says:

      Alright Cali! Let the tide roll in! The entire west coast!

      • The Dude says:

        So Stoned West Coast

        • Evening Bud says:

          That’s right! In fact, including Alaska the entire continental west coast! The cracks are happing in the east coast too . . . slowly but surely. Now, if only the red conservative states in the middle would become enlightened too . . .

    3. Julian says:

      At least until Jan. 19th when the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment expires, we should call our Congressman to make sure it gets renewed:
      Although after all the Congressional and AG drama, and the beaurocratic red tape getting licensing from San Francisco to LA, California’s first week of revenue should afford some evasive delivery tactics. After a full year of trauma under this predatory administration we still have the Cole memos. And as suspected, Trump has made a mess of other problems for his administration to worry about.

      I remember the first time California legalized in 1996. I was walking up the stairs to my high school in D.C. talking about it with my dreadlocked Algebra teacher Dr. Smith. She kinda rolled her eyes and said, “It aint gonna change that easy.” I said, “Yeah, but someone once told me a drop of water can make big ripples… but someone has to start them.”

      Look how big the waves of green have gotten.

    4. Anon says:

      The biggest domino topples, we’ve come a long way since 2012.

    5. Julian says:

      Happy Weed Year (continued)

      Number Eight: reject the hate
      That propaganda create
      Sheldon Adelson was late
      But Putin knows how to wait
      They just bait and separate
      Till the racists learn their fate
      Now it’s time to elevate
      Don’t marijuana feel great?

      Weed helps us see through bull$#!+
      We get beat down but won’t quit
      We grow back when they cut it
      When they lie and prohibit
      We fly over the limit
      Making love to the last hit
      Because hate can’t perceive it
      Legalize our opponent
      Till the last vote is counted

      Number Seven’s for the jails
      Losing private prison sales
      Disproportionate black males
      Stayin free and makin bales
      Just like Junior Gong prevails
      Where a Cali prison fails
      And soon lives to tell the tales
      How he’s sellin weeds and ales
      From the same walls that made jails

      Now they seek the immigrant
      To fill the jails now vacant
      But this Herb’s so heaven sent
      It frees refugees that went
      From lands our CIA spent
      Toppling their government
      But Geo Group can get bent
      Cuz legal weed can prevent
      Another fake president
      Our Mayan family migrant
      From living tent to tent
      To no lawyer represent
      Them on their day of judgement
      The Drug War just took a dent
      CCA needs to repent;
      Our weed tax wont pay your rent

      • Dan Rapper says:

        (Soy Dan Rapper,
        Ain’t no napper
        Awake like Clapper

        Don’t wanna die,
        Don’t wanna fry!
        From the N to the Bomb,

        Said, “Trump’s unglued!
        I’d tackle that fool!”

        Now, back to you.
        Yo countdown, Jules!)

        • Evening Bud says:

          This is gettin’ cool
          I know it cuz I ain’t no fool!
          If Dan Rapper and Jules put on a show,
          I’d mos’ definitely go!
          Course, I’d have somethin’ for my head
          Bubba Kush or Panama Red
          Would still have to keep an eye out for the Fuzz,
          lest they kill my most righteous buzz, ho ho ho!

          • Julian says:

            Dan the Rapper,
            Evening Bud
            Put the wrapper
            On this flood
            Of marijuana
            Legal blood
            Thicker than water
            Or the mud
            From battles hotter
            Than Wynona Judd
            Dodging Sessions
            Like Elmer Fudd
            We’re playin wild
            He’s playin stud
            Were tired
            Of this crud
            Is soakin sud
            Of all the lies
            From here to HUD

    6. Julian says:

      Heres the breakdown on Cali stores:


      West Hollywood opens Jan. 2nd. Thats weeks earlier than predicted. Speaking of predictions, I think that Cali is going to make so much money by the 19th that even Republican Congressman (besides the obvious, Dana Rohrabacher), are going to be like, “just shut up Jeff, were going to deschedule it.”

    7. Steve says:

      The Blue Wall is also the Green Wall, or perhaps better, a wave.

    8. Dr. Zigg-Zag says:

      I’ve been a MMJ user in CA since 2000. I think that needing to register with the state in order to skip some new state taxes, is bullshit.

    9. MR.CC says:

      The largest economy in the nation, and the sixth largest in the entire universe has gone nuclear. What members of congress, knowing the majority of the people who put them in office do not want a war on marijuana, is going to give a very unpopular AG the resources to go against the will of the people they represent. Rumor has it that we may be sending as many as 50,000 troops back to South Vietnam to fight an unpopular war that we did not win the first time, sure, why not.

    10. Julian says:


      Cali mj sales are predicted to eventually top $20 billion annually. The tax revenue is staggering, even as Green Market Report warns that “The black market won’t go out without a fight.”

      I’m sitting here in Mexico on vacation looking at California Hippy expat enclaves that dropped out of the fight a long time ago wondering who is the black market? Jeff Sessions and Big Pharma? Who is still buying moldy smuggled illegal weed in California? Illegal grows, even Mexican cartels have been growing inside of Cali for years. But legalization, especially testing for pesticides and chemicals, will leave these operations exposed. The only illegal grow operations that could survive in a legal state market, even with fires hitting legal supplies, will hit “firewalls” of their own;


      A Maryland Community Bank has been providing limited banking services under great scrutiny to not wake the sleeping giant of FDIC protection. Green Bits, a California based company helps dispensaries track and report their activities to participating community banks to meet FDIC compliance.

      This isn’t crop insurance and these small banks can’t provide mj loans, but it’s a critical piece of the financial legalization puzzle to combat the black market and prohibitionists that have a stronghold on the wealthiest banks. To be clear, when I say black market, I’m not talking about the hippies that have dropped out of capitalism and decided to grow their “six plants” and stay home.