JOHNSTOWN, NY - AUGUST 19: Cannabis plants grow in the greenhouse at Vireo Health's medical marijuana cultivation facility, August 19, 2016 in Johnstown, New York. New York state lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana for medical use in 2014 and the law took effect in January 2016. Currently, five organizations are allowed to grow and sell the drug for medical use in the state. New York's new law only allows people with 'severe debilitating or life threatening conditions' to obtain marijuana for medical use. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles is poised to take a major step toward becoming the largest city in the U.S. that licenses the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana.
The City Council plans to consider a dense set of regulations Wednesday that dictate where pot can be grown and sold, along with how businesses will be licensed.
If enacted, it's an important milestone: Businesses need local permits before they can apply for state licenses that are required to operate in the new pot market.
California's legal recreational market kicks off on Jan. 1.
But with the new year just weeks away, it's not clear how many businesses will be ready to open their doors on Jan. 1 - if any.
Medical cannabis has been legal in California for two decades.