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Santa Ana dispensaries get OK to sell marijuana to adults with just an ID on New Year’s Day

By in Press Enterprise on December 30, 2017

By Brooke Staggs

Santa Ana dispensaries will be able to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older with just an ID starting at 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day after the state issued last-minute licenses to shops on Saturday, Dec. 30.

“It’s a freedom thing for me,” said Robert Taft, co-owner of 420 Central dispensary, which is licensed for sales Jan. 1. “We’re so thrilled.”

California on Monday will become the sixth state in the nation to allow recreational cannabis sales, after voters in 2016 legalized marijuana through Proposition 64.

The state started handing out temporary licenses to businesses in mid-December. But in order to get a state license, shops must first get permits from their local jurisdictions.

Up until Friday, it looked like the closest shops with legal sales Jan. 1 might be in San Diego and the Coachella Valley. Not many cities allow retail marijuana businesses. And Los Angeles is weeks away from getting local permits out, while West Hollywood won’t let its shops start recreational sales until Jan. 2.

But Santa Ana — the only city with legal marijuana shops in Orange County — scrambled to issue permits in the days after Christmas so that its existing 17 medical marijuana shops can also sell recreational cannabis. And the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is working through the weekend, with licenses coming through for Santa Ana shops midday Saturday.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride but all worth it,” Taft said.

These Santa Ana shops were licensed (as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday) to sell cannabis starting at 7 a.m. Monday without a doctor’s recommendation:

  • ShowGrow at 1625 E St Gertrude Pl.
  • People’s OC at 2721 S Grand Ave.
  • 420 Central at 420 W Central Ave.
  • OC3 at 3122 S Halladay St.
  • Blum at 2911 Tech Center Dr.
  • The Source at 2141 S. Wright St.
  • From the Earth at 3023 S. Orange Ave.

Taft said they’ve added […]    

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