As we all know, Prop 64 legalized cannabis for adult use in California. Voters gave it the green light in November 2016, paving the way for legal, licensed dispensaries to open their doors beginning in January 2018. Many Californians celebrated by flocking to dispensary doors and soon afterward consuming their first taste of legal, adult use cannabis. But that’s far from the end of the story.
Because Prop 64 gave local governments the power to decide their own regulations — or bans — with regard to cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction, California became riddled with a patchwork of partial legalization throughout its hundreds of independent localities. While certain places like Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and the Bay Area are now home to a number of licensed dispensaries and delivery services, other areas still exist in a state of de facto prohibition. And the illicit market does well in places without legal options.