What You Need To Know About January 1st, 2018.

November 14, 2017

When Proposition 64 passed last November, cannabis-enthusiasts across the Golden State rejoiced. The recreational use of marijuana was officially legal. And if you are part of the 57% of Californians who voted to legalize marijuana, you are most likely eagerly counting down the days until January 1, 2018—the deadline set back in 2016 for the full law to take effect in terms of purchasing.

As we get closer to January 1, the cloud of confusion around the purchasing of weed remains intact. So, before you rush out to your nearest dispensary to ring in the new year with a legal cannabis purchase, there are a few things everyone should know.

Here’s a refresh on what’s currently legal on the consumer side for those who may not know: if you are over the age of 21 you may use, possess, share, and grow cannabis. You may walk around with up to one ounce of flowers or eight grams of concentrate without worry. And you can grow up to six plants in your home.

What’s not allowed? Smoking, consuming, eating, or vaping weed in public places, which also includes federal lands such as parks—even if they are in California. You cannot bring cannabis across state lines, and there are also regulations in place that prohibit the consumption of edibles with too high a dose.

And then comes the entire process of purchasing cannabis. Right now, it’s completely legal to obtain weed if no money is exchanged, if you have a medical marijuana card, or if you have a doctor’s recommendation. Other than that, the purchasing or selling of pot is not allowed. That’s when January 1 comes in.

State officials are still working out all of the rules and regulations that will hopefully set up the already thriving cannabis industry and economy for further success. Because of this, there are still countless unknowns when it comes to the nitty-gritty of selling and purchasing cannabis. First off, in order for a business, collective, or dispensary to sell to non-patients, they must have a license. What’s it take to get said license? The state says an online application process may result in a business obtaining a temporary, 4-month license. All further information on licensing will be released in the coming months. But until a business is licensed, there can be no selling to non-patients. To add further confusion to the process, municipalities have their own timelines for licensing, as well as their own guidelines.

As information begins to be released, one thing is for certain: the rollout and execution of selling weed will be a slow one. When the retail sale of weed became legal in the State of Washington—more than a year after it was voted and approved—only 24 stores had been issued licenses. Washington’s soft roll out limited the number dispensaries that could obtain licenses, resulting in more than 7,000 businesses applying for only 334 slots.

Amidst all of this confusion, there are certain dispensaries that you can use as your trusted source. Take MedMen, a growing Los Angeles-based chain of medical marijuana dispensaries with locations in Southern California, New York, and Nevada. MedMen has the infrastructure in place to hopefully make the transition smoother for all involved parties.

Their efforts to help make cannabis more mainstream and accessible has led to the creation of a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that is better suited to an Apple Store rather than a dispensary.

Those over the age of 21 can browse the MedMen products and get all their cannabis questions answered by the well-educated staff. There’s nothing to hide at MedMen. And it’s this transparency that is needed for any sort of retail regulations to be effective.

Learn more about MedMen and our locations here.

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