After voters in California approved Proposition 64 back in late 2016, the sale of marijuana for recreational use, it has been officially put into effect, as of Jan. 1.
The new law allows businesses to sell recreational marijuana without the need for a medical card or a doctor’s note, as previously required. However, there are restrictions and regulations that limit the sale at specific locations, districts, shops and more.
According to the Los Angeles Times, cities such as Los Angeles, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Santa Cruz and San Jose will issue licenses to sell marijuana, but they may not be issued right away.
Other areas, like Riverside, Fresno, Bakersfield, Pasadena and Anaheim, have not fully implemented the new law. So, marijuana sales are still limited to medicinal purposes.
There will be an age requirement of 21 and over for all marijuana sales, as well as a weight maximum of one ounce for recreational use. Furthermore, users can grow up to six plants for personal use.
As for smoking marijuana, public places — like public schools and playgrounds — restrict the use of marijuana, as well as areas where cigarette smoking is prohibited. And, of course, smoking while driving is prohibited.
Analysts are estimating the sale of pot has breached more than $10 billion USD and can reach more than $24 billion by 2021.