In a historic move that will make California the world’s largest market for legalized recreational marijuana, the state now permits the sale of recreational pot beginning Jan. 1, 2018. The adults aged 21 or older can purchase and use, grow up to six plants at home and possess as much as an ounce of recreational marijuana.
The legalization saw about 90 retailers receive licenses to open on New Year’s Day, with most of whom concentrated in Santa Cruz, San Diego, Palm Springs and the San Francisco Bay Area. As the licensing procedure was not yet in place in many states, the first day witnessed a subdued affair. Despite this, hundreds of customers were seen standing in queues outside the shops long before the opening hours. More retail shops are certain to open in the coming days.
Considered to be the nation’s most populous state, residents of California voted in 2016, allowing adults to grow, possess, purchase and use recreational pot.
Boost to mainstream marijuana
The decision to legalize recreational use of the pot is being widely considered as a tremendous boost to mainstream marijuana. According to experts, marijuana market in California is valued at several billion dollars annually and expected to generate at least $1 billion a year in tax revenue.
According to New Frontier Data, which regularly tracks the trends in cannabis industry, though the effect of legalization on pot consumption in the state is unclear, it is estimated to reach $7 billion in a few years. One of the store owners believes that the regulatory program will help legitimize pot use and see a lot of people shop at dispensaries who were hesitant earlier.
Legalization comes with restrictions
Though recreational sales have been permitted, it comes with certain restrictions. Those who purchase it are not allowed to smoke the pot in public areas or in places that prohibit cigarette use. Additionally, traffic laws prohibit the use of marijuana in vehicles.
Additionally, it is not available across all the cities in California. Some of the cities where recreational pot will not be available right away include San Francisco and Los Angeles. Bakersfield, Fresno and Riverside have forbidden the sale of recreational marijuana.
Among those quite concerned about the legalization is the California Police Chiefs Association. The Association had initially opposed the 2016 ballot measure and remains concerned about the associated risks for young people, driving safety measures as well as the cost of public health.
Evidence-based treatment for long-term care
Accepted as an effective treatment option to alleviate certain medical conditions and treat chronic pain, long-term use of marijuana can lead to changes in brain structure that can lead to psychological dependence and later into an addiction. For those hooked on the drug, addiction can be a lifelong battle. It might require comprehensive treatment at a rehab for long-lasting recovery.
A leading addiction treatment provider, Sovereign Health of California’s marijuana treatment centers offer its patients personalized and evidence-based treatment by combining traditional clinical therapies with scientific modalities for long-term care.
In addition to offering our clients professionally administered as well as nutritionally assisted detoxification (NAD) services, Sovereign Health offers numerous treatment modalities, including cognitive remediation, neurofeedback and relapse prevention for those suffering from substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders.
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