California was the U.S. first state to legalize medical cannabis in 1996 and, ten years later, voters approved adult-use legalization in the 2016 general election. Upon legalizing, California became the largest legal adult-use cannabis market in the world—although high tax rates and hiccups in the state’s regulatory and licensing processes have served as warnings to other states who are planning their shift to a legal marketplace. To date, many of the state’s cannabis businesses are operating under temporary provisional licenses. The state of California is also home to Humboldt County and the “Emerald Triangle,” where expert growers are known for producing some of the best cannabis in the world. California allows for the possession of up to one ounce of cannabis, eight grams of concentrate, and the home growing of up to six cannabis plants.
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