Recreational sales begin in San Francisco
As of January 1, recreational cannabis is legal in the state of California, and some dispensaries in cities like Berkeley and San Diego were ready to sell right away. Not everyone was quite ready for New Year's, however, and so across the state, cities and dispensaries are working to figure out how the local rules work. The city of San Francisco finally nailed everything down last weekend, and recreational sales opened in the city proper on Saturday. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony at Apothecarium, and the other five dispensaries selling recreational weed there also offered sales and specials.
Unfortunately, the event was overshadowed a bit by Jeff Sessions' insane decision last week to overturn the Cole Memo, technically putting the cannabis industry in the United States at legal risk. There's a silver lining to that story from last week, however, and it's that Sessions' move could actually backfire on him. There's solid public support for legal marijuana, and in a country where politicians are looking for anything to make them look better to a depressed public, legalization is starting to look pretty good, even to Republicans. Sessions' move and the uncertainty that comes with it might actually encourage Congress to make the law more certain, and could finally get what advocates have been working on for a long time: Full, national legalization.
We'll have to see what happens -- there's been a lot of chest beating from politicians after Sessions' move, but not a lot of voting. At any rate, cannabis sales are going on for now, and we're glad to see that San Francisco has taken the leap. Expect lots more posts like this (with recreational sales going live around the country) as the year goes on.