April 17, 2024 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Recreational Marijuana Sales Bring Long Lines to Dispensaries

By Michael Livingston

On the first day of recreational marijuana sales in West Hollywood, the mood was celebratory and the line was long.

A crowd of about 80 people stood outside MedMen’s Santa Monica Boulevard location on Tuesday, willing to wait as long as 45 minutes for their chance to buy marijuana from a retail storefront without a prescription.

“I’m glad I got to experience the feeling, the moment” of purchasing marijuana from a store, as opposed to acquiring it “other ways,” said shopper Sandra Jimenez, a Connecticut resident visiting Los Angeles for the holidays.

Wearing shirts that read “It’s legal,” MedMen employees checked IDs at the door and stamped red marijuana plants onto customers’ hands. Guards kept the shop from getting too crowded, letting in only five customers at a time. Customers took selfies as they waited their turn.

Cities and counties across California were greenlit to allow the recreational sale of marijuana on Jan. 1. But when it comes to issuing permits to marijuana businesses, municipalities are taking different approaches at different speeds.

Several stores in Santa Ana, San Diego and Palm Springs opened for recreational sales Monday. MedMen was one of three West Hollywood businesses that began recreational sales Tuesday, attracting shoppers from the city, as well as from Inglewood and even New York.

“I’m overwhelmed by the products,” said Becky Filer as she looked over weed infused lip balm, honey and teas. The New York resident said it was “perfect timing” for her vacation to coincide with the debut of recreational marijuana in California.

Dispensaries have eagerly awaited recreational sales, which could bring a new demographic of customers — and more revenue — to their shops. MedMen spokesman Daniel Yi said the company was ready for the influx of customers.

“This store pretty much looks the same as it did two to three days ago when it was selling medical marijuana,” he said.

For the most part, shoppers weren’t put off by the long lines.

“We’re making history for L.A.,” said a West Hollywood resident who gave his name as Mike C. “It’s pretty cool people want to be a part of it.”

There were two lines inside Alternative Herbal Health Services, a dispensary several blocks east on Santa Monica Boulevard — one to look at the display case and get recommendations from an employee, another to make a purchase.

Some customers waited more than an hour.

West Hollywood resident Ryan Glasgow, 46, has long used his medical marijuana card at Alternative Herbal Health Services to purchase edible pot products to treat back pain and help him sleep.

Usually a quick transaction, Tuesday’s line, he said, was “a little inconvenient.”

Related Posts

Girls Learn Self Defense at Empowerment Summer Camp for Girls

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, girls are invited to explore practical self defense training at SHIELD Women’s Self Defense’s 2024 Empowerment Summer Camp...

Brentwood Art Center: Kids Explore Fundamentals of Drawing, Painting and Mixed Media

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

The beloved Brentwood Art Center is hosting summer camps at its new location at Olympic and 17th in Santa Monica. ...

Camp Integem: Explore, Design and Innovate with Future Tech

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

This summer, kids are inviting to make magic as they journey into the fun-filled, hands-on world of artificial intelligence (AI),...

(Video) Westwood Premiere of Zendaya’s New Film Challengers, Directed By Luca Guadagnino

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Luca Guadagnino, stars Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, Mike Faist, composers Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and producers Rachel O’Connor and Amy Pascal...

Marine Corps Member Sentenced to Federal Prison for Firebombing Clinic and Domestic Terrorism Plots

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

Man Receives 9-Year Sentence for Neo-Nazi Plots Including Hollywood Hills Home Invasion Plans  A man from Orange County, convicted of...

Los Angeles County District Attorney Announces Charges In Brutal Venice Sexual Assaults

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

Charges Filed Against Suspect in Venice Canals Case by LADA George Gascon Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón has...

Kids Learn Local Waters in Aquarium Science Camp

April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

This summer, kids have the opportunity to engage in science and learn about the fascinating water systems in Santa Monica...

Saint Monica Prep: Mariner Sports Camps Focus on Fundamentals

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Teams at Saint Monica Preparatory took big wins this winter season.  The coaches leading an undefeated girls’ soccer team, winning...

Sophie Dance West Dance Camp Enrolling Now

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Calling all Swifties! Sophie Dance West, an all-inclusive kids dance studio that welcomes any skill level from beginner to highly...

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Delivers 2024 State of the City Address Monday Evening

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Mayor Highlights Achievements and Outlines Future Plans in Annual Speech Mayor Karen Bass delivered the annual State of the City...

Armed Robbery Reported in Culver City Parking Structure

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

CCPD Seek Public’s Assistance in Identifying Suspects Culver City Police responded to an armed robbery in the 6000 block of...

Measles Case Reported in West Los Angeles, Locations Identified for Possible Exposure

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Health Officials Urge Vigilance Amid Rising Concerns The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed a case of...

(Video) The LAPD Announces the Arrest of a Suspect in the Horrific Attacks on Two Women on April 6 in the Venice Canal Area

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

At a press conference on Friday, City leaders announced an arrest. @culvercitywlanews The LAPD Announces the Arrest of a Suspect...

Wise Readers to Leaders Launches Free Summer Literacy Camp for Students in Need

April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

Nonprofit Organization Provides Educational Support and Enrichment Opportunities Wise Readers to Leaders (WRTL), a nonprofit organization, is once again launching...

LAPD Announces Capture of Suspect in Venice Canal Attacks

April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024

Authorities Provide Updates on the Arrest at Press Conference By Dolores Quintana This morning, LAPD Commander Steven Lurie, West Bureau,...