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A Look Back At The First Year Of Legal Marijuana Sales In California

Inside Urbn Leaf a consultant explains the options to customers, January 1, 2...

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Above: Inside Urbn Leaf a consultant explains the options to customers, January 1, 2018.

GUEST: Jesse Marx, associate editor, Voice of San Diego

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One year after the start of the legal sale of recreational cannabis in California, San Diego County’s legal marijuana industry is small but growing.

This month, the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach and Vista will begin accepting applications for marijuana businesses.

In the city of San Diego, the number of permitted dispensaries grew to 19 in 2018 and the local supply chain started to take shape. Altogether, marijuana businesses brought in an estimated $6 million dollars in taxes and fees in 2018, according to a city spokesperson.

But a lot of challenges remain, from the all-cash side of the business to an enduring black market.

This week, we’ll look back at the lessons learned from the first year of the legal sale of recreational marijuana in California.

Jesse Marx, associate editor at Voice of San Diego, joins Midday Edition to discuss legalization's first year and what to expect in the year ahead.


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