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Big pot: Marijuana lobbyists shaping the future of weed in California




A marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine.
A marijuana bud is seen at a medical marijuana facility in Unity, Maine.
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California's marijuana lobbyists are shelling out big bucks ahead of next year's governor's race.

The election is more than a year away, but the pot crowd seems to prefer Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom: he's raked in a little over $300,000 from cannabis-connected donors. Far more than Antonio Villaraigosa, who has received just $5000. Some might see this as a sign of things to come. 

As California moves to regulate the industry, what issues are front-and-center for lobbyists? 

Take Two put that question to An-Chi Tsou. She advises on cannabis-related policy for her firm, Tsou Consulting.  

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