>> With these scissors, I dub thee free.>>
>> The worlds largest legal market for recreational weed opened its doors on Monday. Dozens of newly licensed stores in California are open for business. The most popular state in the US now permits the sale of cannabis products to customers 21 and older.
It's the sixth US state to legalize the drug for non-medical use. Customers are able to buy up to an ounce, or 28 grams of raw cannabis or its equivalent at a time. Experts value California's marijuana market at several billion dollars a year. With its nearly 40 million residents, more than one in five Americans now live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal for purchase.
The move toward legalization is part of a trend reversing tough US drug laws enacted since the 1970s. Criminal justice reform advocates claim that marijuana prohibition has failed to make communities safer. And enforcement has has been racially discriminatory. But pot remains an illegal narcotic at the federal level. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called marijuana a dangerous drug.
>> I'm of the general view that this is not a healthy substance. I think that's pretty clear.>> California joins Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Nevada in offering state regulated and taxed marijuana. Massachusetts and Maine are set to follow suit later this year.