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An hour and a half before the Berkeley Patients Group, a marijuana dispensary, opened for business on Monday, two men were waiting in line outside. One came to witness a little slice of history — the day that recreational marijuana went on sale. The other, Anthony Moraga, was a sales representative and driver for a marijuana company.
“I’m so excited,” Mr. Moraga said. But he also wondered why more people had not turned out. “People lined up 24 hours for ‘Star Wars,’” he said.
For those who have fought for decades for the legalization of marijuana, Monday was a big deal. There were wet eyes at Harborside, a dispensary in Oakland, when Steve DeAngelo, the executive director, made reference to veterans of the legalization movement who did not live long enough to witness the big day.