Phasing In Marijuana Licenses Will Be Gradual Process, Official Says
Many lawmakers are skeptical about whether the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation will actually be ready to handle regulating the industry next year.
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Chief Of Pot Bureau Tells Lawmakers Marijuana Permits Will Be Phased In
The head of the agency tasked with drafting recreational pot regulations told lawmakers this week they will "phase in" business licensing starting January 1 2018. Prop 64 legalized recreational pot use for adults and set a deadline for state agencies to establish rules for growing, manufacturing and selling marijuana. Lori Ajax is head of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. She encountered skepticism from state Senators about whether the bureau would be ready to start licensing marijuana businesses by January 1 2018. (Mitric, 1/31)
In other news from across the state —
Untreated Toothache Suddenly Kills Sacramento Truck Driver, 26
A simple toothache turned deadly last week for a long-haul trucker from Sacramento, and now his family is trying to raise money to bring his body back home. Vadim Anatoliyevich Kondratyuk was just 26 and had two young children. He was driving a truck route from Truckee to New York last Tuesday when he started to feel pain in the lower left side of his mouth, said his wife, Nataliya Kondratyuk. He pulled over in Oklahoma to see a dentist, who diagnosed an infection and prescribed antibiotics. (Caiola, 1/31)