Article by Bruce Barcott, Leafly
California’s adult-use cannabis retail stores are set to open on Jan. 1, 2018, ushering in a new era of regulated legalization in America’s most populous state. How to find a cannabis store open on New Year’s Day? That may be tougher than you think.
Temporary licenses from California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, which take effect Jan. 1, have already gone out to a handful of stores. The bureau is updating that list of retailers almost daily. The licenses aren’t absolute guarantees that those stores will be open on New Year’s Day, but it’s the best information we have at the moment.
Leafly will continue to update this list as the BCC rolls out more pre-qualified licensees, right up through January 1.
We’re also tracking California’s major cities and noting how they’re handling retail cannabis. Some major cities and counties are allowing and licensing retail stores; others are banning all cannabis companies outright. Our list of major cities starts below the table of pre-licensed retail stores.
Check back with Leafly News on Jan. 1, when we’ll have full, all-day coverage of California Day One.
Top 15 California Cities and Their Laws
Here’s a list of the largest California cities and a few other notable locations.
1. Los Angeles: Allowing retail cannabis stores, but they won’t be licensed by Jan. 1. The first shops are expected to open shortly thereafter.
2. San Diego: Retail stores are expected to be open on Jan. 1.
3. San Jose: Retail stores are expected to be open on Jan. 1.
4. San Francisco: Allowing retail cannabis stores, but they won’t be licensed by Jan. 1. Look for the first openings by Jan 5-6 or so.
5. Fresno: No retail cannabis stores allowed in the city.