Sacramento Prepares for Legal Recreational Marijuana

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SACRAMENTO -- There are a lot of questions surrounding how the legalization of recreational marijuana will play out in California after voters approved Proposition 64.

At dispensaries across Sacramento, the phones were ringing off the hook.

"We're a medical cannabis shop, and we've had a little flood of phone calls, people calling to see if they can buy since 64 passed, to see if they can purchase their recreational supply here," said Matthew Z'berg of River City Phoenix.

The answer is no.

But there are some immediate changes already in effect.

For the Sacramento Police Department it’s about preparing its officers.

"Under an ounce of marijuana, we will not be issuing citations," Sacramento Police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein said. "We're gonna still be focusing on the large grow houses, maybe in neighborhoods, that bring other elements, criminal elements, to those neighborhoods. Those are all quality of life issues that we still continue to deal with."

The city of Sacramento is also gearing up.

"Currently, the next step for us, and we've been working on an ordinance for cultivation to allow grows. It'll come to the council Tuesday night next week, and hopefully that will pass," Councilman Jay Schenirer said.

The city already has a medical dispensary ordinance that's been in place for years. The city calls it a profitable relationship.

"They pay their taxes, they're good citizens. We have about 30 dispensaries up and running," Schenirer said.

But now they will also take a look at a separate ordinance dealing with manufacturing of products including oils and edibles.

Those opposed to Proposition 64 said they are concerned the new law will be only about making money and will not take into consideration the consequences that can come with such a controversial decision.

"Do you do advertising for marijuana products? Do you allow home delivery of marijuana products? How do you handle DUIs? Do they impair driving? They came up during the campaign, and they're gonna have to be addressed," said Andrew Acosta, who headed up the No on Prop. 64 campaign.