By Steve Elliott
Cannabis legalization has come to California, with the enthusiastic approval of voters. But stores, where adults can actually buy marijuana, have only come to parts of the state. Just one in seven cities in the Golden State allows recreational cannabis stores, according to a new study by The San Jose Mercury-News and its partners.
The legalization law in California allows local municipalities to opt out of allowing retail weed outlets. That means many towns and cities in more conservative areas of the state, especially the interior and eastern portions of the state, have decided not to allow them.
Fewer than one in three California cities—144 out of 482—permit any kind of cannabis business to operate. Only 18 of the state’s 58 counties allow marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas. And shockingly, fewer than one in five California cities even allow medical marijuana, which has been legal in the state for almost 22 years.
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