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California’s Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations

Medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in...

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Above: Medical marijuana clone plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Feb. 1, 2011.

California's Pot Czar Discusses Marijuana Regulations


Lori Ajax, chief, California Bureau of Marijuana Control


California's first-ever cannabis czar has nearly a year to come up with a plan to regulate the marijuana industry in the state.

Lori Ajax is the chief of California's Bureau of Marijuana Control, formerly the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. The agency is charged with licensing cannabis farmers, product manufacturers, testing labs, distributors and retailers. Those regulations need to be in place by Jan. 1, 2018.

The state will also have to figure out some very thorny issues involving banking, credit and the uncertainty of the Trump administration's attitude to California's new legal cannabis law.

Monday on Midday Edition, Ajax discusses how the bureau is developing the licensing and regulatory framework for medical and non-medical marijuana.


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