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January 3, 2018

California's recreational pot stores jammed

  • But state and local governments still have a lot of work ahead to set up a massive new industry that is projected to bring in $1 billion annually in tax revenue.
    Associated Press

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — From a pot shop in Santa Cruz that hung a banner proclaiming “Prohibition is Over!” to one in San Diego handing out T-shirts showing the first moon landing and declaring a “giant leap for mankind,” the Golden State turned a shade greener with its first sales of recreational marijuana.

    Ceremonial ribbon cuttings marked the occasion Monday as the nation's biggest producer of illicit marijuana moved from the shadows toward a regulated market. Freebies and food greeted those who waited in long lines to get their hands on weed with names like “Oh Geezus” and “Banana Breath.”

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