The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in California on Monday, January 1. Also on Monday, a separate law will restrict what you can do with pot behind the wheel and as a passenger. This story in our series on new laws in California comes from Capital Public Radio's Chris Nichols.
Now that California has released applications for cannabis dispensaries, retailers are scrambling to get their ducks in a row so they can open their doors come January. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports that potential pot retailers are still being slowed by expensive permits, lots of paperwork, and continued resistance to legal marijuana.
While most local governments in the Inland Empire continue to cling to moral or public safety arguments against permitting the sale of legal pot in their jurisdictions, some inland cities and towns have decided to take advantage of the opportunity for big public revenue gains from the growing commercial marijuana industry. KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.
San Francisco joins San Diego in becoming one of the few big cities in the state of California to finalize rules that will allow the commercial sale of marijuana when it officially becomes legal in January. Other cities big and small throughout the state - including in the Inland Empire - continue to struggle with the voters' mandate to legalize pot. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.