Yesterday ushered in a new era for cannabis with the world’s sixth-largest economy (California) coming online with legal, adult-use cannabis. January 1st marked the first day stores were allowed to sell the product to anyone over the age of 21 without a doctor’s explicit recommendation.
I would say that people seem pleased, but the word doesn’t even begin to address it. Euphoric? Elated? Ecstatic? Approaching nirvana?
I’m confident that tears were shed by many, mostly tears of joy, though part of me would feel some guilty delight if US Attorney General Jeff “Really Needs a Session” Sessions woke to a little sniveling and blubbering for his start to the new year. Most certainly, he and others of the prohibition ilk must realize their reign of terror is coming to an end, and that freedom is looming large for the cannabis plant.
In fact, a quick view of the news on the website for the country’s strongest group supporting prohibition, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), will show that they have not issued any statement whatsoever about California – probably as to not remind people of their failures, I’m guessing. On Google News, the arch-nemesis of cannabis Kevin Sabet, only appears to have one news outlet interested in his opinion about California’s big day.
Meanwhile, the California State Bureau of Cannabis Control cited the success of their 2018 launch:
“‘This is an historic day for the state of California,’ Bureau of Cannabis Control Chief Lori Ajax said. ‘It marks the beginning of a legal cannabis marketplace that will be well regulated in order to protect consumers and maintain a level playing field for cannabis-related businesses. We are hopeful that we have put forth a model that other states will look to as an example when they head down the path to legalization.’”