The California cannabis scene 2023 is flourishing! Not only does the state get to enjoy easy access to several cannabis dispensaries, but we also have a variety of weed strains to choose from — from indica, sativa, and hybrid strains of flowers, to topicals that can relax and alleviate pain.

What’s Happening in the California Cannabis Scene 2023?

1. Flowers for you!

Want to impress your Californian SO? Give them flowers — that kind of flower! Because there might be a decent chance that they’re a stoner. According to Statista, around 6.7 million Cali residents are cannabis consumers! And their favorite kind of marijuana is flowers — nearly 60% of them prefer smoking their weed. Furthermore, almost 40% of pot that is smoked are flowers (based on the California Department of Public Health’s survey and Headset’s report).

2. A Californian’s best bud!

Weed comes in many forms — edibles can be ingested, vape pens can be smoked, topicals can be rubbed on the skin, and marijuana beverages can be drunk. However, even these cannabis varieties can be divided into different categories — as pot has different strains.

When it comes to The Golden State, their cannabis consumers are currently obsessed with CrescendO — the citrusy love child of Mandarin Cookies, ChemDawg, and I-95. It may be “sativa season” for most of the stoner residents, but indica remains popular as well — as Wedding Cake is another preferred weed strain by Cali residents.

3. The California cream!

Ingesting cannabis isn’t the only way to enjoy the plant’s benefits — even topical ointments remain relatively trendy among Californians. Therefore, there’s a possibility that you’ll find CBD and THC ointments on your friend’s or neighbor’s nightstand — heck, you might even already own one yourself!

Though CBD and THC topical ointments only make up a small portion of cannabis product sales, California still has easy access to a wide range of cannabis topicals.

4. Let’s be blunt here…

Now that we know that many Californians are potheads, we shouldn’t be too ashamed about it anymore — and people like your boss shouldn’t shame you for it either! Not for long! Because you’ll soon be protected by the law and you cannot be discriminated against by your employer for being a stoner; this is a bill that Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed.

Once AB 2188 is implemented (effective January 1, 2024), the bill would “make it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person, if the discrimination is based upon the person’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace,”

5. How high maintenance are you?

Weed may be legal in California, but there are still plenty of rules we have to abide by. For instance, you can’t carry more than 28.5 grams of dope as well as over 8 grams of concentrates — otherwise, you’ll be penalized. If you’re over the age of 18 but under the age of 21, wait for a few years before you get your hands on the joint — if you get caught, you’ll be fined up to $100. However, there are a few exceptions; some minors can apply for an MMIC (or a Medical Marijuana Identification Card).

6. It’s a joint venture!

It seems like the California cannabis scene 2023 is continuously thriving — medical marijuana companies in Cali generate about $1.5 billion to $4.5 billion in sales revenue every year! This is likely because California was the first state to legalize marijuana in 1996 — we had a pretty good head start!

Upon Review,

We can see that the California cannabis scene 2023 remains prosperous — The Golden State is still pretty much a stoner’s haven. Moreover, we can now anticipate being safeguarded by the law very soon — as an anti-discrimination bill against stoner employees will protect them from being fired or disfavored. However, there are still conditions — we’ll just have to wait how it turns out in the upcoming months!

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