Weed may legal in California now, but you have very limited options to get your hands on any of it. Try as you might, you will more than likely struggle to find some for legal sale, unless you live in San Diego or Santa Ana. Of all the cities, counties, and municipalities across the state, those are the only two places in all of California with recreational storefronts ready for sales on New Year’s Day.
You will struggle to find weed wherever else you go. The state is far behind the January 1 deadline. Despite having a year to get a regulated market up and running, lawmakers are still busy drafting rules and regulations for it. To make matters even worse, the state’s licensing process is also behind schedule. As a result, almost all recreational marijuana businesses are still without operational licenses.
If that is not bad enough, some cities and counties are also causing delays with their issuing of commercial weed licenses. Some are simply refusing to issue them at all. Because no company can apply for a state license without first obtaining a local permit from their respective jurisdictions, delays are even longer, which means you that you will just have to wait for them to get their acts together.
San Francisco is about to have a few pot shops open their doors in a few days, but there is no sign of regulatory haste in most areas. You cannot buy legal weed in Los Angeles yet, as just one example, and nobody really knows when the city will be ready for it. Other places, such as Santa Monica, are not even considering recreational storefronts in their jurisdictions, so rest assured, there will never be any there.
If you are still looking for legal weed after reading all of this, there is even more bad news for you. Delivery companies will not be able to offer services to you for some time yet, at least not until April, but more than likely much longer, even if your area refuses to allow recreational outlets to operate near you. Regulators are still focusing on storefront dispensaries and have yet to even draft laws for delivery.
However, if you have some patience, then not all is lost. Voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in November 2016 already. The state has no choice but to comply with the demands of the masses, even if it does delay the process as long as it possibly can. Eventually, you will be able to find quality recreational weed, and even buy it legally or have it delivered to your door.
Until then, you will just have to keep renewing your Medical Marijuana Card and get pot from the weed industry. This may be painful, time consuming and expensive, but it is at least legal. As a medical marijuana patient, you can make use of delivery services and visit storefront dispensaries in most jurisdictions, but without a letter of recommendation from your doctor, good luck finding any now.