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The highs and lows of recreational pot — listeners weigh in




Marijuana plants are grown at Essence Vegas' 54,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation facility on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marijuana plants are grown at Essence Vegas' 54,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation facility on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The sale of recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state of California on Jan. 1, 2018, and that means anybody 21 or older will be able to buy marijuana products from a licensed retailer. We asked listeners: "What does this mean for you?" 

Not surprisingly, opinions were all over the map. And some were offered reluctantly. Despite its impending legality, recreational pot is still a little taboo.

Here's a gauge of how SoCal is feeling.

Elan Ruskin

Listener Elan Ruskin was staunchly on the "not going to try marijuana...ever" side of things. His main reason is his belief that it's not good for you.

Take Two listener, Elan Ruskin weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
Take Two listener, Elan Ruskin weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
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Adreana Langston

Long Beach resident Adreana Langston has been a longtime proponent of marijuana. She's had a medical card for seven years and even makes her own edibles.

Her trepidation with pot's legalization centers around the business side and a possible corporate takeover of the market.

Take Two listener, Adreana Langston weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
Take Two listener, Adreana Langston weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
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Andrew Urena

Take Two listener Andrew Urena is excited about what pot's recreational legalization can mean for the state in terms of taxes. He feels regulation of the drug can help benefit the state economically.

Take Two listener, Andrew Urena weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
Take Two listener, Andrew Urena weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
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Robert Bittner

The last words of wisdom come to us from Robert Bittner, who feels like the legalization of marijuana represents a shift in attitude among Californians. It marks progress. He's looking forward to the accessibility and regulation that progress will entail.

Take Two listener, Robert Bittner weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
Take Two listener, Robert Bittner weighs in on California's legalization of recreational pot.
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