LOS ANGELES — Adult-use cannabis sales kicked off in the city of Los Angeles for the many of the 134 businesses granted recreational retail licenses. WHTC was among those businesses and Marijuana.com checked in with President and CEO Yana B. to talk about the advent of legal recreational cannabis in California’s largest marijuana market.
Currently, the only businesses to be granted licenses by the city are Pre-ICO businesses already serving the medical marijuana market within its municipal boundaries. These dispensaries were in operation before a 2007 Interim Control Ordinance (ICO), which effectively stopped new legal collectives from forming, was put into effect.
City officials issued WHTC the first-ever license for a recreational cannabis retailer, now it’s a waiting game for the state license to go through before sales can begin, which Yana said she hopes to have in within the next few days.
MJ: There’s been a lot of waiting for this day to come. What has it been like getting to this point?
LB: Ten years ago, this was a very gray area. Really, it was more in