On the first day of recreational marijuana sales in West Hollywood, the mood was celebratory and the line was long.
A crowd of about 80 people stood outside MedMen’s Santa Monica Boulevard location on Tuesday, willing to wait as long as 45 minutes for their chance to buy marijuana from a retail storefront without a prescription.
“I’m glad I got to experience the feeling, the moment” of purchasing marijuana from a store, as opposed to acquiring it “other ways,” said shopper Sandra Jimenez, a Connecticut resident visiting Los Angeles for the holidays.
Wearing shirts that read “It’s legal,” MedMen employees checked IDs at the door and stamped red marijuana plants onto customers’ hands. Guards kept the shop from getting too crowded, letting in only five customers at a time. Customers took selfies as they waited their turn.
Cities and counties across California were greenlit to allow the recreational sale of marijuana on Jan. 1. But when it comes to issuing permits to marijuana businesses, municipalities are taking different approaches at different speeds.
Several stores in Santa Ana, San Diego and Palm Springs opened