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Local dispensary gets one of first recreational cannabis licenses in California

A cannabis dispensary in the City of Shasta Lake is one of the first in the state to become licensed for recreational marijuana sales.

Posted: Dec 15, 2017 7:20 PM
Updated: Dec 15, 2017 7:23 PM

A cannabis dispensary in the City of Shasta Lake is one of the first in the state to become licensed for recreational marijuana sales.

530 cannabis has been serving the local medical cannabis community for more than 8 years.

But come January 1, they will be one of only a handful of businesses in the state also licensed to sell recreational cannabis.

“On January 1, we can open our doors to a whole new market and that's the adult use market,” 530 Cannabis owner Jamie Gardot said. “So we're going to be a little bit more busy than usual, which is great.”

For one medical marijuana patient battling cancer, having local access to medical cannabis has been a godsend.

“It helps me when I don't want to eat, definitely,” cancer patient Joyce Vandermeer said. “And from the nausea it does really help a lot.”

The only difference between medical and recreational customers is that there will eventually be limitations as to the amount and potency you can buy as a recreational user.

“After July, recreational consumers will be capped at 100 milligrams pre edible, whereas there will not be a potency cap for medical,” Gardot said.

One man said he may just ditch his patient card once it expires since he'll still be able to get his medicine under the new law.

But Vandermeer said she plans on keeping her card because she said it makes her feel legit.

“I like the idea of keeping the licence status,” she said.

Gardot said this is a milestone for the entire industry.

“California remember was the first state to approve medical cannabis back in 1996,” Gardot said. “So this day has been a long time coming. And I'm just really excited to be a part of history.”

Gardot said she's excited to be moving in a new direction.

“And then to be part of this process for the entire state, is just very very gratifying,” She said. “And I know I've said this word before, but historic and it is and that's what makes it so exciting.”

As more businesses apply with the state, more licences will eventually be issued.

But for now, the only closest dispensary ‎selling marijuana for adult use is 250 miles south in Santa Rosa.

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