Currently, 8 states have legalized cannabis recreationally and medically but what does California's Prop 64 potentially mean for the others?
Sales for recreational use are allowed in cities including Los Angeles, West Hollywood, San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, Santa Cruz and San Jose, but many proposed marijuana shops in those cities do not yet have state licenses. In other words, it's up to cities and counties to determine what type of commercial cannabis activity to allow, if any.
California voted to legalize in 2016. That 2016 initiative set January 1, 2018, as the day recreational sales would become legal.
In some cases the use of marijuana is permissible, but it is still illegal to consume it in public and private areas in each of these states.
Users are not allowed to smoke pot in public, while driving or where smoking tobacco is prohibited.
That's because those two cities won't start issuing their permits until this week.
California has become the country's sixth state where recreational pot is now legalized, along with the nation's capital, Washington DC, back in November 2016, when voters passed a ballot measure known as Proposition 64 that immediately legalized all personal possession of recreational marijuana.
But before municipalities charted their course, they wanted to see the state's emergency regulations on cannabis, which weren't unveiled until six weeks ago.
The state expects to bring in $684 million in pot taxes next year, with that number increasing to $1 billion in several years.
The Association of Police Chiefs of California, which opposed the measure at the polls, remains concerned about marijuana drivers, the appeal of grass to young people as it becomes more normal, and the cost of surveillance of the new regulations as well as the existing black market.
More retail shops are certain to open soon in California.
As the most populated state and one of the first to legalize medical marijuana, the addition of recreational marijuana will be a tremendous boost to legalizing marijuana everywhere.
Although the groups of growers and dispensaries authorized to sell marijuana sometimes had hard times, the law led to greater acceptance of the drug as medicine. The largest state in America would suddenly have 100 percent legal cannabis.
States that allow recreational weed have different restrictions on how much of the plant residents can have at one time and whether it can be grown in the home or not. You have to be at least 21 to buy recreational pot, but medicinal is legal for anyone 18 and older.