Santa Ana Pot Shops Are Closest Option for L.A. Marijuana Buyers on New Year’s Day

Looking to buy cannabis on New Year’s Day without a medical marijuana card? Head to Santa Ana.

Robert Taft Jr., center, founder of the medical marijuana dispensary 420 Central in Santa Ana, high-fives workers Dec. 31, 2017. “Being part of history is an amazing thing,” he says. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Robert Taft Jr., center, founder of the medical marijuana dispensary 420 Central in Santa Ana, high-fives workers Dec. 31, 2017. “Being part of history is an amazing thing,” he says. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Seven cannabis dispensaries there will be able to start selling pot to California adults Monday morning — and they’ll be the only such shops open for business in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Permits for those shops were issued over the weekend as state and local officials, and cannabis business owners, sprint toward the opening of California’s legal cannabis market.

As of Friday afternoon, the state had issued 47 permits for recreational marijuana retailers, and two shops in West Hollywood were the only ones in Greater Los Angeles. Those shops, plus a third West Hollywood dispensary licensed over the weekend, won’t open until Tuesday.

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