L.A. Pot Shops Won’t Be Able to Start Selling Recreational Marijuana on Jan. 1, When Sales in California Become Legal

California is on the brink of legalizing the sale of recreational pot, with the first round of state licenses for marijuana businesses kicking into effect in January.

Marijuana grown on a plantation in Mendocino County is shown on April 19, 2017. (Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

Marijuana grown on a plantation in Mendocino County is shown on April 19, 2017.
(Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

But Los Angeles pot shops won’t be able to immediately start selling marijuana for recreational use on New Year’s Day, city officials cautioned Friday.

“We are starting a process. This is something that is not going to happen overnight,” said Cat Packer, who heads L.A.’s Department of Cannabis Regulation.

To sell marijuana to adult customers — not just patients — marijuana businesses will need both local approval and a state license. Los Angeles will not start taking applications until Jan. 3, beginning with existing medical marijuana dispensaries that have been operating in line with previous city rules.

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