Eight months ago, California voters approved Proposition 64, making the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older legal. In barely more than six months, state officials have to make sure Prop 64 becomes a reality by putting a legal and regulatory framework in place.
Regulations for production and sale of adult-use cannabis are due at the beginning of 2018, and the scope of the rollout is huge — including cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution and sales.
“The clock is ticking,” said Lori Ajax, the chief of the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation for California, who in charge of coordinating California—’s efforts to oversee a cannabis industry that some estimate may soon be worth between $4 billion to $7 billion. “We all know what we have to get done and failure is not an option for us.”
Other states have legalized recreational marijuana laws but California is by far the largest to do so — both in terms of population and in size of its agricultural base — and principals in every sector of the cannabis industry are watching closely.“I don’t envy them,” said Jack Scatizzi, managing director at Canopy San Diego, a technology accelerator aimed at finding and funding cannabis companies. “There’s a lot of pressure on them but I think but I think this is really the opportunity to get this right, on scale.”