Californians age 21 and up may now purchase marijuana in stores legally, whether or not they have a medical recommendation to do so.
In line with Proposition 64, California’s marijuana legalization measure, properly licensed businesses may now sell recreational pot to adult customers. However, thus far, sanctioned pot shops are only slowly springing up across the state.
Currently, there are no brick and mortar marijuana stores — medical or recreational — operating in San Luis Obispo County. Medical pot dispensaries are expected to soon open in Grover Beach and Morro Bay. Grover Beach may also consider allowing recreational pot shops after medical dispensaries open in the South County city.
As of Friday, the state of California had issued 49 retail licenses for selling recreational marijuana. Though many local jurisdictions continue to prohibit recreational pot, its sale has already been approved in numerous cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood. [LA Times]
Still, it will take time to roll out the recreational marijuana regimes in the cities that have approved them. Many pot shops that are expected to open in those cities have yet to obtain state licenses.
Marijuana news site the Cannifornian has produced a map of pot shops already allowed to sell recreational marijuana. On the Central Coast, there are four currently sanctions pot shops in Monterey County, the map shows.
Individuals may possess up to one ounce of pot at a time.