California Finally Issues First Licenses to Sell Legalized Marijuana

California issues 1st licenses for its legal pot market

California issues 1st licenses for its legal pot market

"We will begin issuing licenses on January 1, 2018".

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control, which oversees regulations for medical and adult marijuana use as well as regulatory oversight, issued the first business licenses for selling and transporting recreational pot.

Altogether, nine companies received a total of 20 licenses from the BCC on Thursday. In a press release, the bureau stated that more than 1,900 users registered with their online licensing system, and that more than 200 applications have been submitted.

Come January, the newly legalized recreational sales will be merged with the state's two-decade-old medical marijuana market, which is also coming under much stronger regulation.

The release of the initial 20 temporary licenses, good for 120 days, represents another steppingstone toward legal purchases, which were approved by voters previous year.

The first temporary license was awarded to Pure CA, which does business as Moxie brand products, a company known for its cannabis extracts.

Other types of cannabis businesses receive their state license from one of two other departments.

Khalil Moutawakkil, the director of KindPeoples, said that he is overjoyed about ending cannabis prohibition, which disproportionally punished people of color and filled crowded jails with otherwise law-abiding citizens.

A year later, voters approved Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which designated that "adults 21 years of age or older can legally grow, possess, and use cannabis for non-medicinal purposes, with certain restrictions".

The bureau, operated through the Department of Consumer Affairs, issues licenses for cannabis testing labs, distributors, retailers and micro-businesses. Many local governments, however, have either pushed back against adult-use cannabis or struggled to get their regulatory frameworks agreed upon fast enough.

With the support of Santa Cruz County, who fast-tracked their application earlier this year, KindPeoples says they will be ready to sell cannabis at their Dubois location on New Year's Day starting at 7 a.m., where they will be giving free t-shirts to their first 420 customers.

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