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In California’s capital city, about 25 people gathered for a red ribbon cutting outside of A Therapeutic Alternative, a store that’s been selling marijuana medically since 2009. Mike Shorrow was the store’s first customer, purchasing more than 4 grams of marijuana, dubbed “Red Dragon” and “Ingrid.” The 63-year-old says he started smoking marijuana decades ago for pleasure but now uses it for medical purposes too. He spent nearly $100, a price he called high but worth it to avoid buying on the black market. The shop is only letting 19 people in at a time for security reasons, and requires everyone to sign paperwork to become a member. “This has been a long time coming,” cannabis customer Heather Schaefer said. First recreational marijuana stores open in Sacramento

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