A Look at California’s First Day of Legal Pot Sales

Recreational pot sales had their official debut in California on Monday and, for the most part, sales appeared to go off without a hitch.

Bureau of Cannabis Control spokesman Alex Traverso told the Washington Post he wasn’t aware of any major problems at the 88 dispensaries licensed to sell recreational weed on Monday. (With state officials continuing to review and approve applications, that number is rising as we speak.)

Wait times were an issue, however. At some shops, eager patrons stood in line for 40 minutes or more. They could be found in parts of San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and around Palm Springs. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, the process is being delayed.

The overall mood was one of excitement. Some stores handed out t-shirts heralding the end of pot prohibition in California. Some people did express worry that the taxes and fees on legal pot could become a problem in the future.

Wondering exactly where you can buy pot? This interactive map being maintained by the Cannifornian shows all the approved adult-use pot shops in the state.

Read more about legal weed’s first day at Newsweek, CNBC and the Los Angeles Times


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