Some California Recreational Cannabis Shops Won’t Open on New Year’s Day

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On Jan. 1, 2018, California recreational cannabis shops will be allowed to sell recreational cannabis legally, but only if they’ve been issued their state-required licenses.

According to KCRA, over 1,000 businesses applied to get new licenses, but as of Dec. 26, only 70 businesses had been awarded temporary licenses, with 27 being given to California recreational cannabis retailers and 43 to medical retailers.

On Dec. 26, Sacramento city inspectors continued to go about the final steps of licensing dispensaries in the city and visiting stores to ensure they were compliant with the new rules.

“You know everybody’s doing the best they can to get everything done in time,” said Kimberly Cargile, owner of A Therapeutic Alternative in Sacramento.

Cargile has been legally running her store as a medical cannabis dispensary, but applied for both medical and recreational retail licenses when Sacramento and California announced new regulations this past November. The quick turn around has been challenging, though.

“We are going to get it done and we are hoping it all works out and we get fully approved,” Cargile said.

Sacramento officials admitted that some of the medical dispensaries that are currently open in the city will have to close as not every business will have all of their licenses or permits by New Year’s Day.

“We’ll see how many pass this final inspection,” said Joe Devlin, Sacramento’s Cannabis Policy and Enforcement Chief. “I believe a couple will, but not all.”

Amanda Taylor was the editorial assistant for Marijuana Industry News from September 2016 through February 2018. She earned a BA in English and an MA in Writing from Coastal Carolina University.

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