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It was dark and cold but a little discomfort didn’t seem to matter for the dozens of people who lined up before 6 a.m. to be among the first to buy recreational cannabis in Berkeley. With a snip of a green ribbon, Mayor Jesse Arreguín officially opened sales at Berkeley Patients Group, the nation’s oldest medical cannabis dispensary at 2366 San Pablo Ave. Two miles away, the Cannabis Buyers Club of Berkeley also threw open its doors. “I’ve witnessed the tragic consequences of marijuana prohibition firsthand and am proud to represent a city that has been a leader and model example for regulation and reform in California as well as across the country,” said Arreguín, who was joined by State Senator Nancy Skinner and officials from BPG. “I support legalization 100%.” For BPG, which fought many actions by the federal government to intimidate it and shut it down, including an asset forfeiture case, the occasion marked a victory. “This historic occasion represents a culmination of dedication, perseverance, and an unwavering commitment to social justice,” Sean Luse, BPG’s chief operating officer, said in a press statement. Crowds gather at 6 am to celebrate first sales of recreational cannabis in Berkeley

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