By German Lopez

If a single date marks the beginning of the end for the legal prohibition of marijuana, there’s a very good case for January 1, 2018.

On this day, California began allowing the legal sales of marijuana for recreational use. According to state estimates, more than 400 businesses were licensed. With that, the most populous state — and the world’s sixth-largest economy — officially launched an entirely new legal industry within its borders.

This all goes back to California’s successful 2016 ballot initiative, in which 57 percent of the state’s voters elected to fully legalize marijuana.

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