California’s voters legalized recreational marijuana in the November elections, and the expectation is that the state will spend most of 2017 developing business regulations and begin distributing licenses by the start of 2018.
Not everyone is convinced the state will meet those deadlines.
“We’re building the airplane while it’s being flown,” said state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg. “I believe some departments will be fully operational by January 2018 but, if we’re being honest, it’s going to be difficult to get everything done by then.”
McGuire’s district encompasses some of the largest marijuana-growing regions in the country. He was opposed to Proposition 64, in part out of his concern over the initiative’s compressed timeline for marijuana regulations.
“Creating a safe and effective market for legal cannabis is more than just licensing businesses,” McGuire said. “This is one of California’s largest agricultural crops and it’s the only one that’s not regulated.”
McGuire’s concerns are understandable.
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