California’s First Recreational Marijuana Retail License Issued to San Diego Business

A San Diego medical marijuana business is the first firm to be issued a license by the state of California to sell marijuana for recreational use, officials said Thursday.

Marijuana is displayed in jars at a dispensary in South Los Angeles on June 27, 2017. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Marijuana is displayed in jars at a dispensary in South Los Angeles on June 27, 2017. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Torrey Holistics received two of the first 20 licenses granted by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control this week to sell or distribute marijuana, although the licenses do not take effect until Jan. 1, according to bureau chief Lori Ajax.

An additional 180 firms have applied for licenses but they are being processed.

“Last week, we officially launched our online licensing system, and today we’re pleased to issue the first group of temporary licenses to cannabis businesses that fall under the Bureau’s jurisdiction,” Ajax said in a statement. “We plan to issue many more before January 1.”