You might expect California, America’s biggest consumer marketplace, to be bursting with cannabis stores since recreational weed became legalized in 2018.
You would be wrong.
Less than 20 percent of California’s cities currently allow cannabis sales, according to the California Cannabis Industry Association. Even population centers such as San Diego and Los Angeles have only modest markets.
The slow startup might sound familiar to Washingtonians, who saw similar struggles to ramp up in many cities after legal cannabis sales began in 2014.
But one place in Southern California truly is already a hotbed of cannabis: Palm Springs, where dispensaries and massive grow operations are booming.
“The whole valley has gone crazy,” said Jim Camper, president of