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It was six hours past midnight, but the crowd inside the Berkeley Patients Group counted down the seconds.

“Happy New Year,” they yelled at precisely 6 a.m. as a cashier rang up the cost of three joints, a $45.37 purchase representing one of the first recreational marijuana sales in the state.

The moment marked the launch of a new industry in California, one that’s heavily regulated and taxed, with revenue reaching several billion dollars per year.

The day has been long anticipated by cannabis advocates who pushed for voters to pass Proposition 64 in November 2016, largely decriminalizing marijuana and allowing for the commercial sale of products to adults 21 or older.

Earlier, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner joined a couple dozen people outside the Berkeley Patients Group waiting for the first sales.

“I’m stoked about this historic moment not just for Berkeley but for the state of California.” Arreguin said. “This is a long time coming.”

The first buyers were Chris Conrad and Mikki Norris, longtime marijuana advocates who purchased the three joints as the crowd cheered.

The couple had worked to on the marijuana effort for over two decades, pushed by their belief that its legalization is an issue that expands to social justice, civil rights and health care.

“When we started, George Bush the first was president,” Norris, 65, said. “Zero tolerance was the policy of this country.”

“We waited a long time for this” Conrad, 64, said.

The handful of shops making recreational sales Monday acquired both local and state licenses. They included Harborside, Purple Heart and Blum in Oakland; Berkeley Patients Group and Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley; 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Richmond; Mercy Wellness in Cotati; and SPARC and Solful in Sebastopol. Statewide, more than 400 shops have licenses to sell commercial cannabis.

Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a cannabis advocacy group, postponed a winter vacation by one day to see legal sales commence.

“This marks the welcome end of a century of prohibition —104 years to be accurate,” he said after watching the first sales at Harborside. “It’s wonderful that people aren’t being imprisoned for marijuana the way they used to be.” _ read on

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Looks like ANTIFA is finished!  They're going to be too stoned to continue their pathetic resistance.

In fact, a vacay to Cali is starting to sound like a good idea.

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(01-01-2018, 10:09 PM)KillTheCarnage Wrote: [ -> ]Looks like ANTIFA is finished!  They're going to be too stoned to continue their pathetic resistance.

In fact, a vacay to Cali is starting to sound like a good idea.

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The bad move out and the good move in... Everybody must get stoned. BD
(01-01-2018, 10:18 PM)Free Store Wrote: [ -> ]
(01-01-2018, 10:09 PM)KillTheCarnage Wrote: [ -> ]Looks like ANTIFA is finished!  They're going to be too stoned to continue their pathetic resistance.

In fact, a vacay to Cali is starting to sound like a good idea.

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The bad move out and the good move in. Everybody must get stoned. BD

Heartflowers

I've never heard of anyone getting violent when they're stoned.

They wait until they're sober and want their money.