As of Jan 1., Californians are legally permitted to grow, sell, and consume recreational marijuana.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on January 3, 2018, at 4:56 p.m. ET
A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles on Dec. 27, 2017. The state has issued dozens of permits for retailers to begin recreational sales, expanding a market that is expected to grow to $7 billion annually by 2020. Still, the sell of recreational marijuana is currently federally regulated as an all-cash business.
Customers wait outside the MedMen store in West Hollywood, one of the two Los Angeles–area pot shops that began selling marijuana for recreational use on Jan. 2.
MedMen employees give water to people waiting in line on Jan. 2.
Three to four dozen customers wait in line at 420 Central in Santa Ana on Jan. 1.
People wait to get into MedMen on Jan. 2.
A budtender helps customers select cannabis products at MedMen on Jan. 2.
Margot Simpson purchases marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland on Jan. 1.
Green Pearl Organics owner Nicole Salisbury inspects drying marijuana on the first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in Desert Hot Springs.
Khalil Moutawakkil, cofounder and CEO of KindPeoples, in his dispensary in Santa Cruz on Dec. 29, 2017.
Bob and Judy Malgeri discuss their purchase options with Maxwell Robinson at 420 Central on Jan. 1.
Cannabis products at MedMen, Jan. 2.
Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Jan. 1.
Taylor Anthony, from New York, examines product at 420 Central during the first day of legal recreational pot sales.
Marijuana "wax," a concentrated form of marijuana, at Green Pearl Organics on Jan. 1.
Financing opportunities for marijuana growers advertised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Dec. 28, 2017.
A customer buys cannabis products at MedMen on Jan. 2.
BaKed Lollipops, with 90 milligrams each of THC, the chemical component in cannabis responsible for making users high, for sale at Higher Path, Dec. 27, 2017.
Cannabis products for pets at MedMen on Jan. 2.
Cash-paying customers at Green Pearl Organics on Jan. 1.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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