Marijuana goes legal in California on Jan. 1 — what you need to know

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An employee uses three fingers to space out the marijuana display at the MedMen marijuana dispensary on Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood. Photo taken on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. (Photo: Richard Lui/The Desert Sun)

Move over, 4/20. California has a new pot holiday: Jan. 1, 2018.

It’s a date that dispensaries and marijuana consumers have had in their sights ever since Proposition 64 designated it as the official opening of the adult-use market in California.

After a year of anticipation, the big switch is a month away. Even state regulators are pumped.

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“I know this sounds crazy, but we’re looking forward to Jan. 1,” said Lori Ajax, who heads the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, the agency that will license dispensaries and some other cannabis businesses.

“This is what we’ve been waiting for, what we’ve been training for,” she said. “It’s time.”

Whether you’re a long time toker – or someone gearing up to buy your first gram – here are a few things to expect in 2018.

Can I walk into a California dispensary on Jan. 1 to buy pot?

The short answer is yes, so long as you’re over 21 and the dispensary has a temporary license from the state. And so long as you can find a pot shop near you.

The state of California says it’s on track to dole out temporary licenses to dispensaries seeking to

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