The Associated Press contributed to this report.

As part of regulations paving the way to recreational pot in California, other strict laws will take effect on the strains known as Sweet Skunk, Trainwreck and Russian Assassin.

Twenty-nine states have adopted medical marijuana laws, while seven other states have legalized recreational use of pot.

Some business owners are also concerned that once the state starts fully regulating the industry, there could be a shortage of state-approved cannabis in California.

National trend

The new year in California brings broad legalization of recreational marijuana – a much-anticipated move two decades after the state was the first to allow the use of the drug for medicinal purposes.

The new state laws — approved by voters in 2016 with the passage of Proposition 64 — were met with joy by some Californians who swapped their champagne glasses for blunts of pot on New Year’s Eve.

California joins states such as Colorado — as well as Washington, D.C. — where pot is permitted for recreational purposes even as the federal government continues to regard the drug as a controlled dangerous substance, like LSD and heroin.

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