Californians Embrace New Pot Law With Ribbon Cuttings, Long Lines

(NBC News) Some Californians raised “blunts,” cut ribbons and endured long, early morning lines outside marijuana dispensaries to show their love for the state’s recreational pot law, which went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday.

At Berkeley Patients Group, which billed itself as the country’s longest-running medical pot dispensary, the number of daily customers was expected to double on Monday from 600 to more than 1,000, NBC Bay Area reported.

The shop opened at 6 a.m., but a line had already formed a couple of hours before.

“It’s the most exciting time in California history,” one customer, Anthony Moraga, told the station. “We’ve been living in the shadows, in the black market. Now we can be proud to be part of a regular industry.”

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  • DrIndica

    Fortunately, California is not alone in ending the practice of imprisoning people that are enjoying a gift from god. More than half the states in the US including Texas have moved toward allowing the use of cannabis as a medication or recreationally.

  • CA continues down the slippery slope ……

    • james blue

      Do you take a drink?

      • Sure do. Water is good stuff.

        • james blue

          Do you drink alcohol?

          • Amos Moses – He>i

            i think a more appropriate question would be to ask if they would be willing to give up their prescriptions …. some of the most powerful drugs ingested in this country are prescribed yet many would not want to do without them ….. all things are provided by the Creator for our benefit ….. including the two you mention …. many do not see the problems they cause …. and “it was prescribed by my doctor” is not much of an excuse ……

          • james blue

            I think we are over prescribed. We run to the doctor for the slightest “ouchy”, however there is a huge difference between use of substances for medical reasons (including pain control) and “to get high”.

            I absolutely think consenting adults should be free to use whatever drugs they desire (I include alcohol as a drug), but I do not approve of them doing so.

          • DrIndica

            Cannabis is also given by the Creator, and I would much rather use cannabis to control epileptic seizures than benzodiazepines or barbiturates. Pharmaceutical corporations would prefer, however, to keep people dependent on the drugs they manufacture.

    • DrIndica

      A slippery slope toward liberty and reason.

  • Ben Welliver

    Ever notice that people who mock religion as being a “crutch” are often dependent on drugs to help them get through the day?

    Funny.

    • james blue

      I take it you are a teetotaler.

      • Ben Welliver

        Take it and _ it.

  • james blue

    I do not drink alcohol or do drugs, never have. I do not approve of the recreational use of either substance.

    I can see the point of rules regarding smoke that will enter the lungs of others, however possession and use of either substances by consenting adults should not be illegal.Anyone who drinks and objects to drugs needs to get off their hypocritical bar stool.

    • DrIndica

      Smoking cannabis is passe now, true connoisseurs vape cannabis concentrates and/or ingest edible forms.

      • james blue

        So?

        I once had the misfortune of walking behind someone using one of those devices. He took a puff and I felt like I was in that movie “the fog”

        • DrIndica

          You should have taken a deep breath, maybe help you relax a bit. 🙂

          • james blue

            You see right there is where you lose people like me who while not approving will stand up for your right to use drugs recreationally.

          • DrIndica

            I like to inject a bit of snark in the discussions here, but I get it. Although, as a tenured professor I probably don’t fit the stereo-type of the typical “stoner”. To your point, I do maintain recreational weed is something that should be enjoyed in a private setting or in one’s own home…and no driving while buzzed.

    • DrIndica

      No caffeine? No Dextromethorphan to calm a nagging cough, or antihistamines to clear sinuses? Drugs…all of them.

      • james blue

        Perhaps you missed the word “recreational”.

        That said I only take prescription medication when absolutely medically necessary. I use a netie pot for sinus issues.

        As for caffeine, I’m not a great coffee drinker, but when I do drink the occasional cup it’s not for any “buzz” as it doesn’t give me any.

        But nice try.

        • DrIndica

          Cannabis is not only recreational…many apropos health uses as well…pain, nausea, epilepsy, PTSD, etc.

          • james blue

            Does it lower your ability to understand when someone makes a distinction between recreational and medical use?

        • DrIndica

          Netie pots and honey lemon tea, what a miserably boring life you must live.

          • james blue

            Yet I don’t need drugs or alcohol to get through it.

            Go figure.

          • DrIndica

            Boggles my added mind

    • ThroatwobblerMangrove

      I drink alcohol and object to drugs. But only when talking about myself, I don’t judge other people. I don’t drink alcohol to get drunk, I dislike the sensation. I drink because I like the drink in question.

      • james blue

        That was poorly worded on my part I should have said objects to drugs being legal or looks down their nose.

  • Jon Staples

    So nice to see such a stupid prohibition finally coming to an end!

  • Vince

    Totalitarians love people in a stupor. Easier to control.

  • MaryWaterton

    It’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s job to shut down marijuana farms and sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants … all of which are in violation of federal law. Jeff Sessions is not doing his job!

    • DrIndica

      You want Jeff Sessions to violate the 10th Amendment? Are you only supportive of state’s rights when it suits your ideology?

  • This is a very bad move and wrong direction for our country and I pray for God’s intervention to put a stop to this insanity.