Calma opened in West Hollywood in September, as the number of active storefront licensees in California rose to 714. (Courtesy Calma West Hollywood)
The smoke has cleared on the 2020 election, and one thing has come into focus: California’s cannabis multitudes can expect more stores in more corners of the state in the coming months and years than ever before. California is slowly bringing water to its cannabis deserts.
Thirty-two of 38 local marijuana measures passed on Election Day Nov. 3, 2020. The vast majority of the measures allow and tax cannabis businesses locally.
Small, rural, Republican-leaning California towns approved stores, farms, labs, distributors, and kitchens. These holdout towns advanced the work of the once-controversial state legalization initiative, Proposition 64.
California legalization fact box:
- Prop. 64 approved Nov. 8, 2016
- Sales began Jan. 1, 2018
- Number of active storefront licenses today: 715
- Number of active non-storefront (delivery) licenses: 311
- Tax revenue since sales began: $1.45 billion
- Number of jobs, at end of 2019: 39,804
(Sources: Bureau of Cannabis Control; CDTFA; Leafly Jobs Count 2020)
More store optimism
The year’s local vote sweep is another beat in the rhythm of reform—a rhythm so slow you might miss it.
In San Francisco on Oct. 9, the vape brand STIIIZY held a grand opening for its new retail shop in the city’s coveted Union Square downtown shopping district. The store is at 180 O’Farrell Street, between Powell Street and Stockton Street.
Published: November 18, 2020
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