Last week, Brown signed House Bill 2014, which levies a temporary tax on early recreational marijuana sales. This week, the governor signed into law a bill that actually allows those sales. The new law now authorizes recreational marijuana sales to anyone over the age of 21 starting October 1st. However, recreational cannabis sales are limited strictly to a 1/4 ounce of cannabis flowers per day with ID presented that confirms the person is over 21 years of age.” It does not allow the sale of infused products. Those will have to wait until next summer.
Brown had expressed reservations about early sales and potential conflicts with federal regulations. But state lawmakers were determined to head off what many feared would be a surge in black market sales from this fall through next summer. Fully regulated sales of all marijuana products don’t take effect until July of next year.
That’s not to say, of course, that black market sales won’t be going on. A lot will ride on the price difference between black market and legally sold marijuana.