Don’t Expect Legal Weed Everywhere in California January 1; Many Canna-Businesses Have to Shut Down – News

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With California’s new adult-use and medical cannabis market due to launch this January, everyone’s wondering what to expect. But with so much hype around legalization, January 1st might be a bit anticlimactic. If you were hoping to buy fully legal weed, first make sure your go-to dispensary is licensed.

The greatest obstacle in the way of a fully operational legal market is the discrepancy between state and local licensing. That is, after having released emergency regulations last month, the state is now ready to grant temporary licenses to compliant businesses — but those businesses must first receive permission from their local municipalities. A number of localities have either yet to release regulations, have issued bans on cultivation or other forms of cannabis business, or have issued regulations that make it difficult for local businesses to comply.

As of December 18, the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control had released a few more than 30 dispensary licenses, according to Alex Traverso, chief of communications. The Bureau’s online system has over 2,600 users who have registered for the purpose of filling out applications. Earlier this…

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