California legalises recreational cannabis use

Drive 04/01/2018

Retailers in California have started the year trying to get permits to sell recreational cannabis.

With a population of 39.5 million, the US state's new ruling means more than one in five Americans now live in areas where those over 21 can buy marijuana.

Lloyd Burr speaks to Josh Drayton, California Cannabis Industry Association Communications and Outreach Director.

California is the sixth US state to allow the sale of cannabis products beyond medicinal purposes.

The rule change comes more than two decades after California passed the country's first medical marijuana law.

Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Nevada previously legalised recreational weed sales, with Massachusetts and Maine set to follow later in the year.

However, the drug still remains classified as an illegal narcotic under US federal law.

Many California cities including Los Angeles and San Francisco won't be ready to sell just yet, as retailers still have to apply for their state licenses.

Former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson is reportedly launching a large cannabis plantation in California.

Listen to the full interview with Josh Drayton above.

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