Where to Buy Legal Weed in California: Pot Dispensaries Open Doors to Recreational Marijuana Users

where buy legal recreational weed california
A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles on December 27, 2017. The state became the world's biggest recreational weed market on January 1. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

New Year's hangovers are set to be softened for pot smokers in California, as the state ushers in a new era of relaxed marijuana laws.

Starting January 1, more than 90 dispensaries in the state are licensed to sell weed for recreational use.

The move follows the November passage of Proposition 64—the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA)—which legalizes the use of cannabis for adults aged 21 and older.

It also allows people to possess, transport and share up to an ounce of weed, as well as to grow as many as six marijuana plants without a doctor's letter. The rules, which come into effect from January 1, make the state the world's biggest marijuana market.

While there are more than 1,300 pot dispensaries in California, only 94 have been granted temporary licenses to sell marijuana for non-medical use. State rules dictate that these retailers will not be able to sell weed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

"Last week, we officially launched our online licensing system, and today we're pleased to issue the first group of temporary licenses to cannabis businesses that fall under the Bureau's jurisdiction," Lori Ajax, the head of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control, said in a press release in December.

buy weed california legalization dispensaries
A budtender displays cannabis at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles on December 27, 2017. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

More than 200 applications have been submitted, and more licenses are expected to be issued in the coming weeks.

A full and updated list of dispensaries awarded retail licenses for recreational marijuana sales can be found on the bureau's website. Newsweek has compiled a selection of some of the most popular retailers:


- 3600 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz (open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Very few shops will be open for "Legalization Day" on Jan. 1, but Santa Cruz is ready! Come visit KindPeoples, we are opening at 7am on Jan. 1 at 140 Dubois Street. https://t.co/sD9h5NRBXl #cannabis #legalization #santacruz #california pic.twitter.com/jWU7kWmkrj

— KindPeoples (@kindpeoplesrx) January 1, 2018

- 140 Dubois, Suite C, Santa Cruz (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Buddy's Cannabis

- 1075 N. 10th St., San Jose (open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Urbn Leaf

- 1028 Buenos Ave., San Diego (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

- 3385 Sunrise St., San Diego (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Torrey Holistics

- 10671 Roselle St., Suite 100, San Diego (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

We are open for business. Come help us get the #party started! #Happy2018 #prohibitionisover #thenewnormal pic.twitter.com/M3kvHg6HYd

— Torrey Holistics (@torreyholistics) January 1, 2018

530 Cannabis

- 1550 Locust Ave., Shasta Lake (open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Garden of Eden

- 21227 Foothill Blvd., Hayward (open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Revolution Emporium

- 3081 N. State St., Ukiah (open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Queen of Dragons

- 5044 Shasta Dam Blvd., Shasta Lake (open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)


- 785 Gravenstein Hwy. S., Sebastopol (open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)