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Recreational marijuana sales finally began in Long Beach on Friday

Recreational marijuana is legal in California, but it probably isn’t legal to buy in your city. Fewer than one in three cities in California have approved any kind of cannabis industry, and only a sliver of cities allow recreational pot shops. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Four cannabis dispensaries in Long Beach can start selling recreational marijuana on Friday, Aug. 31, according to the city’s cannabis program manager.

The program manager, Ajay Kolluri, said the dispensaries passed their final inspections on Thursday, Aug. 30. The newly licensed facilities are:

Adam Hijazi is the general manager for both the The Long Beach Green Room and The Station. He said he is “extremely happy” about the news.

“For us, one of the biggest things is not being able to — is having to turn people away,” Hijazi said. “So many people are not renewing their (doctor recommendations) because they think Prop. 64 applies everywhere.”

Because of that, he said the gap between when voters approved recreational marijuana and when businesses would be legally permitted to actually sell it has hurt business.

Long Beach’s move to begin licensing dispensaries now is “really, a good thing for the city, for the community and for the businesses to be able to not turn away customers anymore.”

Kolluri said the business owners must pick up their licenses from the city before they can start selling the recreational marijuana, which won’t be available until Friday morning.

Nathan Davit, the general manager of Connected Cannabis Co., said his business will “100 percent” begin selling recreational weed as soon as they get the license.

Like Hijazi, he said he has also had to turn away customers while waiting for a permit.

“With us being on 2nd Street, we do get a lot of walk-ins,” Davit said. “A lot of people were under the impression that all dispensaries were able to sell beginning January 1.”

Now that the company will actually be able to sell to them, he said, “our staff here is excited about the increase in business and the increase in customers that we’ll see.”

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Published: August 30, 2018

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