The Latest on recreational marijuana sales in California (all times local):
The manager of a cannabis dispensary in Sacramento says crowds are good for the first day of legal sales of recreational pot in California, but not as big as for stoner-favorite holidays like 4/20.
Shayna Schonauer, the regional manager of the RCP Sacramento dispensary, says Monday’s crowds meet her expectations. She says the pace Monday was not super-overwhelming.
The dispensary, in a warehouse-style building, saw a range of customers from regular medical users, to recreational smokers who buy on the black market, to those who had limited familiarity with marijuana, Schonauer said.
A law allowing the state’s first legal retail pot sales went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is continuing to review applications and approve licenses after retail sales of marijuana became legal on the New Year’s Day holiday.
Spokesman Alex Traverso says he isn’t aware of any problems at the roughly 100 shops around the state that began selling pot Monday.
Traverso says he expects Los Angeles and San Francisco to approve applications this week so the state can issue permits.
There’s a backlog of about 1,400 permit applications for retail shops, testing labs, distributors and other businesses.
Traverso says that because Los Angeles is the biggest market in the state, some of those shops will be approved more quickly than others waiting in line.
With the shops licensed so far, Traverso says there is a good distribution of locations for people to buy recreational weed if they want it.
Heather Sposeto came to Sacramento’s Northstar Holistic Collective with her boyfriend, Matthew Wilcox, to check out the hype around California’s newly legalized marijuana.
The 50-year-old Sposeto doesn’t smoke pot, but said she’s considering starting