So you want to buy weed.
Maybe you’re a first-timer, or might as well be, because the last time you smoked pot Ronald Reagan was president. It’s OK, there’s no shame. And with recreational marijuana use now legal in California for those 21 and older, you can breathe a little easier, and yes inhale, at the idea of unwinding with a little herb.
But before you hightail it to your nearest dispensary, there’s a few bits of information that may help you along the way.
Cannabis in California
California voters passed Proposition 64 in November 2016, which legalized the sale and use of recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older. On January 1, 2018, Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) took effect and officially allowed recreational marijuana sales in California. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996. It’s important to note, however, that cannabis is federally considered illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, which classifies it as a Schedule I drug. There are currently some efforts in Capitol Hill to change this or at least protect states that have legalized marijuana, against federal enforcement.
Where and How to Buy
Adults 21 and older can legally purchase marijuana at retailers licensed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, which regulates adult use in California and oversees business licensing. The bureau has a list of licensed retailers on its site, and Weedmaps (parent company to Marijuana.com) offers a user-friendly search tool to find local dispensaries.
With marijuana’s still-illegal federal status, dispensaries don’t have many options when it comes to banking institutions, which face penalties of handling these businesses’ money. In other words: Bring cash. While some dispensaries may