New Year brings broad pot legalization to California
The arrival of the new year in California brought with it broad legalization of marijuana, a change that comes two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.
The nation's most populous state joins a growing list of other states, and the nation's capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is permitted even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD.
Pot is now legal in California for adults 21 and older, and individuals can grow up to six plants and possess as much as an ounce of the drug.
About 90 California businesses received state licenses to open on New Year's Day.