California will kick off recreational marijuana sales in two months — on Jan. 1, 2018, to be precise. As the new market takes shape, consumers and businesses alike can expect plenty of confusion.
Only a few places look ready to issue licenses. Some are banning sales altogether.
Although cannabis will technically be legal, options to buy it could be limited in many places. It may not be so easy to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase.
Los Angeles officials are still struggling to create local rules — just like our sister in Northern California, San Francisco.
Industry experts say there are gaps in the supply chain. Moving cannabis from the field to distribution centers, then to testing labs and eventually retail shops isn’t as easy as it might seem.
Then there are the security issues.
On Saturday night, a group of men tried to rob a marijuana dispensary in South Los Angeles but were stopped when a security guard opened fire.
The group fled when he started shooting. The guard hit one of the robbers in the leg. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
The other men managed to get away. It’s not clear how many there were.
Detectives have made no arrests and have not released suspect descriptions.
In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce and grow up to six marijuana plants.