(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.”