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One year after California cities began issuing recreational dispensary licenses, new pot shops resemble grocery stores, cafes and bars
Under state law, anyone 21 and up can buy cannabis in California with a valid ID
Lounges for consuming cannabis at dispensaries have become a draw for tourists visiting from states where pot is still illegal
“What kind of high you looking for?” asks a man standing behind a case of cannabis concentrates that only a year ago would have required a doctor’s note to purchase.
As sunlight streams into the steampunk-themed lounge at Urban Pharm in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, the “budtender” offers a few options to a young woman visiting from New York and allows her to sniff each one before making a purchase.
“Welcome to a non-prohibition state,” he says gleefully.
“Great to be here!” she replies.
Just a year after San Francisco and…