In Hollywood CBS local reports on the opening of Hollywood’s first recreational cannabis dispensary..

MMD, Inc. was open for business Friday, with a long line of eager customers waiting by the time the doors opened at 10 a.m.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Steve Ashbell of MMD Dispensary told CBS2 News. The shop near the Cahuenga and Sunset in the heart of Hollywood calls itself the first dispensary in the area to get a license from the City of Los Angeles and the State of California for adult use sales of legal marijuana.

He’s part of a large chorus of folks calling this the end of marijuana “prohibition.”

MMD is one of 98 stores the Los Angeles Dept. of Cannabis Regulation said now have temporary approval to sell recreational pot.

Along with the herb, oils and edibles being sold Friday, employees at MMD were handing out information on what is and isn’t legal with the passage of the new law.

For one, people aged 18 and over are allowed to buy medical marijuana with a prescription, but recreational pot requires that a person be at least 21 years old.

Also, people are not allowed to smoke in public under the new law, which came as a surprise to one waiting customer.


But over in South LA & Compton it’s an entirely different story. The LA Times reports….

Of the many cultural touchstones born on the streets of Compton, one of the most lasting is “The Chronic.”

Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album brought the nickname for high-grade cannabis into the mainstream, and, to the disdain of many Compton residents, cemented the city as the home of West Coast gangsta rap. It also gave marijuana one of its biggest pop culture endorsements since Bob Marley appeared on an album cover smoking a joint.

But if you’re looking to buy the chronic legally, don’t come to Compton.

Last week, while cities across the state were giving the green light to pot shops to sell recreational cannabis, Compton voters overwhelmingly rejected proposals to allow recreational and medicinal sales in the city.

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