Known as the Orange capital of California, Riverside sits quietly 60 miles inland from Los Angeles. Riverside is agriculturally focused, primarily on oranges; it is actually home to one of the original generation California Naval Orange trees. Riverside even has a museum dedicated to “the second gold rush,” with the goal of educating the masses on the economic boom that grew from cultivating and exporting oranges.
Up until 2016 Riverside banned the cultivation, process, sales and consumption of any cannabis. Only in 2016 did Riverside allow private citizens to cultivate a small amount of medical marijuana (up to eight plants), for personal use. In 2015 the citizens shot down a bill that would grant licenses to 10 medical marijuana dispensaries, which was no shock to anyone. Riverside is an old school farming community that is not fond of change and it is certainly not a cannabis friendly city. Even though The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) was passed on the eighth of November, don’t be surprised if not much changes in Riverside, even considering cannabis is now legal in the state for adults over the age of 21.
If you must visit Riverside, we recommend consuming only in private or not at all within the city limits; your best option would be a discreet vape-pen. For a full directory of cannabis shops in California, click here.