California Bureau of Cannabis Control
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (established as Bureau of Marijuana Control under Proposition 64, formerly the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation) is an agency of the State of California within the Department of Consumer Affairs, charged with regulating medical cannabis (MMJ) in accordance with state law persuant to the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act passed by the legislature in 2015 (amended in 2016) and the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64), passed by voter initiative in November 2016. The agency was charged with creating rules for the legal non-medical market to take effect January 1, 2018; and to regulate the state's multibillion dollar medical program[a] for the first time. The first agency leader, Lori Ajax, referred to in multiple media outlets as the state's cannabis "czar", was appointed by the governor in February 2017. State senator Mike McGuire has expressed doubt that the board would meet deadlines to allow regulated retail sales by 2018 as planned.
When the agency published emergency rules on November 16, 2017 under California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 42, it effectively became the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
- Medical marijuana sales in California were reported by The New York Times to be over $2.5 billion in 2015
- "Update: Changes for New Medical Cannabis Regulation Bureau", official blog, State of California Department of Consumer Affairs, August 3, 2016
- Police Chiefs
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- California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016) at Ballotpedia, accessed May 1, 2016
- Patrick McGreevy (November 8, 2016), "Voters legalize pot in California. Here's what will happen next", The Los Angeles Times
- PETER HECHT (January 18, 2017), "California's pot czar on upcoming marijuana regulation: "We will not fail"", Sacramento Bee
- Patrick McGreevy (February 15, 2017), "Senate panel supports confirmation of Lori Ajax as California pot czar", The Los Angeles Times
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- Tiffany Wu (February 15, 2017), "California wants you for the cannabis advisory committee", Canna Law Blog, Seattle: Harris Bricken Law Firm
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- Rory Carroll (February 14, 2017), California Marijuana Tax and Tracking Systems Behind Schedule: Lawmaker, Reuters – via US News
- AN ANALYSIS OF CALIFORNIA’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA REGULATION & SAFETY ACT (PDF), California Police Chiefs Association, archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-14