So, big things poppin for our California cannabis fans. As long as you’re at least 21 years of age, of course.
On January 1, 2018, adults 21 and over will be able to purchase cannabis legally. That’s right, whether you have a medical card in the state of California or not, you will be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products at participating facilities.
I said PARTICIPATING.
Meaning, not every dispensary is going to allow non-medical patients to walk on in and start shopping. Moreover, the number of participating centers are not in EVERY city in California. Just like Colorado, I’m assuming that businesses will start to sprout rapidly but 2018 will have to face some of the issues all legalizing states face.
- The Gubment: Yea, remember folks, this is one state’s government legalizing recreational cannabis. NOT the FEDERAL government. Don’t take a trip to the West Coast thinking you can bring some good stuff back with you, or walk around toking in front of police. Nah. Be careful and learn the laws (and your rights) of whatever state you travel to that has legal cannabis.
- Identification: Cannabis businesses have to ensure the patrons are using authentic identification and aren’t restricted from purchasing cannabis for any legal reason. Just one slip up can lead to a complete raid of the business, which often leads to closing. You may run into dispensaries that say they are recreational, but may not accept non-Cali residents yet. Stuff like that.
- Price of product: This is where I sit on the fence. I’ve seen arguments of cannabis going up once recreational use is legalized. Going up as in compared to getting it illegally, or as a medical patient.
- Not only are some areas of California not accepting non-Cali folks, they aren’t accepting ANYONE. Some cities I found out fo SHO are Bella Vista, Burney, Cottonwood, Fall River Mills, Jones Valley, Lakehead, Palo Cedro and Shingletown have banned all cannabis sales. I’m sure more will be added to the list soon, so let’s all keep a look out.
I don’t wanna rain on your parade. Plus I heard it doesn’t rain in southern California anyway, right? Now, I heard through the grapevine that a majority of businesses will be in Oakland, Sacramento, and the Coachella area. We shall see, won’t we?
In the meantime, let’s congratulate California on passing Proposition 64! This means more businesses, resources, and tax revenue! Let’s get on board here in our own states, especially us Illinois!!
Have a great weekend, and fly high!