California’s recreational marijuana market is set to expand rapidly after the state passed legislation allowing medical marijuana businesses to operate in the state.
The state is set for the first legal recreational marijuana dispensaries to open in California’s Central Valley, the region where the U.S. Supreme Court last year struck down federal laws that prohibited marijuana cultivation and distribution.
The Associated Press first reported the opening of five medical marijuana dispensaries.
It did not give the location of the dispensaries.
The dispensaries have been expected to open soon, with some estimates suggesting they will be operating by the end of the year.
The U.A.E., a regional body that regulates the recreational marijuana industry, says more than 100,000 Californians have received their first prescription for medical marijuana since it was legalized in 2014.
More:The California Department of Health and Human Services says the first recreational marijuana dispensary is set up at a location in Redding, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento.
It is expected to be the first commercial retail outlet for the recreational market in California.
“We’re expecting the first dispensaries to be open in the coming months,” said Stephanie Gorman, deputy director of the state’s Department of Public Health and Environmental Control.
Medical marijuana has been legal in California since the state approved it in 2016, but the law has yet to take effect because of the uncertainty surrounding its effects.
In the state, which is the home of marijuana, it remains illegal to grow or possess marijuana, and the government classifies it as a Schedule I controlled substance.