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Checking in on marijuana in California with the state’s top cannabis official

Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control.
Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control.
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Lori Ajax has a tough job. She’s charged with overseeing a department that regulates a brand new and complex legal cannabis industry.

For the last year and three months since cannabis has been legally sold and distributed in California, she and her department have had to navigate a number of issues related to things like licensing, coming up with testing regulations, and enforcing laws that go after illegal operators. And as the industry continues to grow and become more established in the state, there are sure to be more challenges ahead. Already this year, there are close to 60 pieces of legislation in Sacramento that contain “cannabis” or “marijuana” and that relate to things like banking, compassionate care, testing and more. At the county and city level there’s lots of discussion over the legality of deliveries and whether they should be allowed to prohibit licensed firms from making them.  

Today on AirTalk, Ajax joins Larry Mantle to talk about the state of cannabis in California, where she feels her department has been successful, the challenges she expects to face down the road and what she has learned now that we are more than a full year into legal sales and distribution. Have a question? Join the conversation with Larry and Lori by calling 866-893-5722.

You can check to see whether your local cannabis dispensary is licensed with the state here.


Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control