By James Rainey
The first legal recreational marijuana sales in the city of Los Angeles began Friday, nearly three weeks after much of California launched the legal cannabis business.
The landmark came with less fanfare than the widely televised launch of pot sales on Jan. 1 in other California cities. But it was still a happy moment for Los Angeles cannabis sellers and their customers, who had been waiting for sales to begin in the city.
Los Angeles was slow to issue regulations for marijuana sales to any adult over age 21, though a 2016 ballot measure had cleared the way for the practice anywhere in California. The state’s biggest city approved about two dozen business for legal “adult” sales on Jan. 13, but they still awaited a final stamp of approval from the state. That came through for at least three of the businesses Friday evening.
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