San Francisco To Start Selling Recreational Marijuana By Next January
The past few years in the United States have been important landmarks in stoner culture history. California legalizing recreational pot recently was yet another in a series of states to take a permissive turn on the notoriously banned substance. And now, the mayor of San Francisco could sign new legislation that will open the first recreational cannabis store within the city limits, as early as January 5th.
It’s a significant moment in the end of pot prohibition. San Francisco was the epicenter of the hippie movement in the 1960s. It was immortalized in countless songs, and the Flower Power generation flocked there like swallows to Capistrano. Legalizing marijuana was one of their principle political causes, and now it’s actually happening in that state. It took a couple generations, but it’s still amazing that it happened at all. Perhaps a store at the corner of Haight and Ashbury would be in order? It has a poetic justice all its own.
California joins Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Alaska, Washington, and many other states in ending legal prohibitions against marijuana, which have in recent decades led to 50% of incarcerated inmates in the United States being jailed for pot-related offenses. The states which have legalized weed have since seen handsome tax revenue and so far do not seem to suffer any rise in social problems connected with smoking marijuana. If anything, we are likely to see more states join the bandwagon, since having marijuana legal for recreational use also loosens the requirements for those who need it for medical reasons. Perhaps in a few decades, we’ll look on this as the end of another period of American prohibition.