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By John Schroyer (This is the second installment in a series chronicling the challenges and successes one prominent dispensary – Berkeley Patients Group – is experiencing as it transitions from California’s unregulated marijuana market to a statewide regulated industry. Read Part I here.) The official launch of recreational marijuana sales in the largest market in the United States is just days away. And the longest-operating dispensary in the nation – Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) – is working until the very last minute to make sure it’s ready for California’s historic day. The dispensary – which has enjoyed a close relationship with local authorities for years – is even going to have Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin on hand at 6 a.m. New Year’s Day for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the start of the Golden State’s fully legal cannabis industry. BPG, which first opened in 1999, will be among the few California retailers that has gotten formal permission to begin rec sales on New Year’s Day. While Los Angeles regulators last week said that city’s MJ businesses aren’t permitted to open Jan. Berkeley Patients Group’s journey: Behind the scenes at California dispensary’s recreational MJ launch

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