Mark Ridley-Thomas

California begins licensing recreational marijuana sales next month. But most won't see pot shops in their city anytime soon

California begins licensing recreational marijuana sales next month. But most won't see pot shops in their city anytime soon

California's march to marijuana legalization hits its stride next month when the first state-issued licenses take effect for sales to recreational users. But most Californians won’t see pot shops springing up in their neighborhoods any time soon — and some may never see them in their communities.

To sell marijuana in California, retailers have to be licensed by the state, but they first must have the approval of the city or county where they plan to do business. Cities and counties can opt out of allowing commercial cannabis sales and most have — at least for now.

Last week, Los Angeles approved rules allowing retailers to sell recreational marijuana next month, joining...

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