Will California heed other states’ lessons in opening recreational marijuana sales?


These are anxious days in the mellow world of marijuana.

California is dealing with chaos and comic opera as it prepares to become the latest and largest state to sell recreational cannabis, a cash crop potentially worth billions.

Regulators have only recently chosen which companies will be able to sell the drug when adult-use weed debuts in licensed stores on January 1st, from San Diego to Eureka.

Medical marijuana has been legal in California since 1996. But the sale of recreational cannabis dates only to November 2016, when it was approved by voters.

The path forward is a bit unclear, leaving retailers to look to other cannabis-friendly states for reminders of what to do, and what to avoid.

Lessons abound.

In July, Las Vegas retailers ran out of recreational marijuana days after the state began selling it. Something similar happened in Maryland, with medical cannabis.

The message was obvious: Have plenty of marijuana in the store room. Otherwise, snarky headlines will follow. And the headlines will end up on the DrudgeReport.