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Marijuana Dispensaries in California gear up for new law

Recreational Marijuana legal in California (KTVL/Sarina Sandoval)

Recreational marijuana is now legal in California and dispensaries in Mt. Shasta are already licensed to sell it.

In Mt. Shasta there are three dispensaries. One owner says making the transition to both a medical and recreational dispensaries was a process.

CEO and Founder of Mt. Shasta Patients Collective, Elizabeth Tabor, says she prepared ahead of time.

"Now it's kind of like when you walk into a drinking establishment, you have to be 21 years of age or old to enter," Tabor said.

She says some of the requirements include on-staff security, special packaging and more.

"Special labeling, everything is tracked and traced and we fall in the 16 percent excised tax, so that also is in the system, so that increased tax rate is on our items as well," said Tabor.

The shop normally opens at 10:00 a.m. but on Monday it opened at 7:00 a.m. The first customer arrived 10 minutes later.

Tabor says she was surprised by the type of customers who arrived.

"I mean, 75-year-old plus, wanting arthritic CBD cream with a very low THC non psychoactive," said Tabor.

Patient Specialist, Alan Magana, says he's glad recreational marijuana is now legal in California.

"I think it's going to be really amazing to see the progression of the end of prohibition and I'm excited to see how that goes for us," said Magana.

Six cannabis plants can be purchased for recreational use and 12 plants for medical use.

"It's a daily limit and that's also tracked and traced to our State Compliance Program, so it tells me that person already purchased that 6 or 12 limit," said Tabor.

Tabor says 90% of sales were all recreational on Monday.

As of right now, Mt. Shasta is the only place before Shasta Lake City to have dispensaries selling recreational marijuana.

Siskiyou County still does not allow commercialization or expansion use.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey says his concern is keeping it away from children.

"There are health ramifications there are criminal justice ramifications there are environment issues we're having here," Sheriff Lopey said.

He says there are several restrictions and many of the marijuana violations are similar to drinking alcohol.


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