California Gears up for New Years’ Launch of Recreational Marijuana
This New Year’s Eve is a special one for marijuana users in California. It marks the first time they will be able to ring in the new year with a marijuana high to go along with their glass of champagne, as the state is gearing up for the launch of recreational use on January 1, 2018.
In the morning on January 1, California residents (those who didn’t party too hard the night before) can wake up, and for the first time, purchase marijuana at one of the dozens of newly authorized marijuana stores that sell to adult users without a medical card.
It marks a turning point in America’s drug culture and the start of a new United States industry valued at several billion dollars. However, it is not expected to be all flowers and dollar signs – California plans to roll out incremental regulations. The state will impose increasingly stricter rules on every aspect of recreational marijuana over the next two years.
All the new pot shops set to open on Monday will be operating under temporary terms, on temporary regulations. Their initial stock will come from what is known as California’s “gray market,” knowing they much switch over entirely to a supply from licensed growers in six-months time.
Selling out of untested marijuana is not expected to be a problem. In fact, experts predict shortages across despite the fact that California grows up to 60 percent of all cannabis plants in the nation. In addition to adult-use sales, adult residents can also grow their own – up to six plants per person.