California Pot Shops Prepare for First Day of Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales

California Pot Shops Prepare for First Day of Legal Recreational Marijuana Sales

A customer peruses the merchandise at the medical marijuana dispensary MedMen in West Hollywood on Dec. 31, 2017. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

A customer peruses the merchandise at the medical marijuana dispensary MedMen in West Hollywood on Dec. 31, 2017. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Pot dispensaries in Southern California were scrambling Sunday to prepare for their first day of legal recreational marijuana sales, with a historic state law permitting such businesses set to take effect New Year’s Day.

“We are excited. We just got our state license on Saturday … so immediately there was extra energy in everyone’s step,” said Robert Taft Jr., founder of the medical marijuana dispensary 420 Central in Santa Ana. “Being part of history is an amazing thing.”

Taft said he brought in five new cash registers and hired six additional “budtenders” in preparation for the new law. He also doubled his inventory and consulted with his attorneys daily to ensure his store was in full compliance.

In addition, Taft has increased the store’s security, adding 24-hour armed guards. Selling recreational marijuana is an all-cash business.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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