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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/27/2017 11:33 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/27/2017 11:33 AM
Expires: 01/01/2022 12:00 AM
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California’s Top Marijuana Regulator on What to Expect Jan. 1, When Legal Pot Market Opens

Los Angeles, CA...(AP) California’s legal pot market opens for business on Jan. 1. The day will be a milestone, but what exactly will happen then and, especially, in the weeks and months to come is unclear. Lori Ajax, the state’s top pot regulator, has been at the center of the effort to establish rules for a legal pot economy valued at $7 billion. Here are her thoughts on what to expect:




It’s a question many people are asking: Can I buy legal pot on Jan. 1?

Well, maybe.

“You will, in certain areas of the state,” Ajax says.

Businesses are required to have a local permit and a state license to open their doors for recreational sales, and that process has moved slowly.

So far, there is not a consistent pattern in the geography of legal pot.

Kern County, for example, has banned all commercial cannabis activity. Oakland, Santa Cruz, Shasta Lake and San Diego are among the cities that have embraced it and have licensed operators that will open Jan. 1.

San Francisco is running late getting licenses out, so legal sales there are not expected to start until later that week. In Los Angeles, the city will begin accepting applications to sell recreational pot on Jan. 3, but it could be weeks before any of those shops open for legal sales.

If you can get legal pot on Jan. 1, where can you smoke it?

First rule: Not in public, Ajax says.

And as a general guideline: Don’t smoke anywhere where tobacco is prohibited.

State law has specific guidelines for where not to light up, and they include being within 1,000 feet of a school or a daycare center when kids are around, or smoking while driving.

However, the state has left it up to local governments to determine whether they want to permit onsite consumption at retailers. So it will vary by city whether you can buy and light up on the spot.

This is going to be a big transition, transforming the lightly regulated medical industry and the vast illegal market into a legal pot economy. How will it roll out?

With ups and downs.

“That transition period is going to be an adjustment for a lot of folks,” Ajax says.

The industry — medical and illegal — has existed for years with little or no regulation. Now, growers and sellers are facing a range of new state and local rules, including hefty new taxes.

Consumers who want to make a purchase will have to check their local rules, which can vary.

The state expects to be visiting businesses, perhaps repeatedly, to help them meet the regulations.

“We have to really work with them,” Ajax says.

Her biggest worry?

The pace and extent of licensing, because lots of players are needed to make the supply chain work across the state. Cultivators. Distributors. Manufacturers. Testing companies. Retailers.

State licensing started only in December.

Ajax worries about whether California has “licensed enough people throughout the supply chain, and geographically across the state, so people can continue to do business,” which includes medical and recreational pot. “That’s something I think about all the time.”

Take distributors that transport cannabis.

“If you don’t have enough distributors, if they are the only ones that can transport the cannabis, that would be an issue on Day One,” Ajax says.

How tough is enforcement going to be, if you intend to entice businesses into the market?

For now, more carrot than stick.

“We can’t just hit them over the head,” Ajax says. “You work toward educating them and, I think, you go from there.”

“If we have somebody that is causing a public nuisance or a public safety problem, then I do think strong enforcement is necessary. But if you just got somebody trying to comply, and they are completely overwhelmed because they just don’t know what to do, then I think that’s our job to then break it down for people.”

She acknowledges that the dense regulations can be intimidating.

“A lot of them have never dealt with the state before,” she says. “We want to encourage people that this is the best way for California, to come out of the shadows and be licensed.”

Experts say the new legal economy will struggle if the black market continues to thrive. How does the state intend to persuade illegal operators to come out of the shadows?

In a word, education.

Ajax says businesses need to know how to get licensed — an online application site opened this month — and the state should encourage them to do so.

The state also needs to be flexible at first with compliance, she said, as businesses become accustomed to the new system.

“We, as a state, have to show them that this is where you need to be,” she says.


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A portal?
Posted on: 2017-12-27 11:38:15   By: Anonymous
 
Plug it up & open a wine bar there.

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Ooops!
Posted on: 2017-12-27 11:39:09   By: Anonymous
 
When Legal Pot Market Opens the game changes completely.
The bottom drops out of profitability as supply exceeds demand, unions organize workers and government raises the cost of regulations.
The green-bird of prosperity has flown the coop.

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    Re: Ooops!
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 11:51:20   By: Anonymous
     
    The Russians are involved .

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    Black Market Will Thrive
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 11:57:55   By: Anonymous
     
    With the high taxes, and regulation, the black market will thrive.
    This was the case during prohibition of alcohol.
    Fair taxes and regulation will work , excessive taxes on growers, and down stream, will only feed the black market.

    Are home wine, and brewers, taxed? no. Theye should not be taxes on personal grows either, provided they follow local regulations.

    After 20 years, Ca finally announced medical cannabis laws, How stupid was that?
    I expect the same from the same group of inept bureaucrats.

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      Re: Black Market Will Thrive
      Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:25:56   By: Anonymous
       
      "With the high taxes, and regulation, the black market will thrive.
      This was the case during prohibition of alcohol."

      I suspect you are correct.
      A return to those "glory" days of backroads rum runners, gangs with guns enforcing protection rackets and the shootings and killing that came along with that.

      Oh Gee,.....sounds like Calaveras county already. Derp!

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      Re: Black Market Will Thrive
      Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:25:56   By: Anonymous
       
      "With the high taxes, and regulation, the black market will thrive.
      This was the case during prohibition of alcohol."

      I suspect you are correct.
      A return to those "glory" days of backroads rum runners, gangs with guns enforcing protection rackets and the shootings and killing that came along with that.

      Oh Gee,.....sounds like Calaveras county already. Derp!

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        Re: Black Market Will Thrive
        Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:26:43   By: Anonymous
         
        That's worth repeating.

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          No Subject
          Posted on: 2017-12-27 22:39:16   By: Anonymous
           
          not really.

          [Reply ]

        No Subject
        Posted on: 2017-12-28 07:23:59   By: Anonymous
         


        [Reply ]

    Re: stoned society!
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:12:37   By: Anonymous
     
    great a society stoned so government can run over it's citizens with no issues,. poor fools.

    [Reply ]

      Re: stoned society!
      Posted on: 2017-12-27 18:48:17   By: Anonymous
       
      Shut up tbone Todd. You're an ass

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        Re: stoned society!
        Posted on: 2017-12-28 20:36:59   By: Anonymous
         
        If you are referring to Todd Fordahl, then you are sadly insulting and out of touch. He has done more research and seen more than most Calaveras County citizens. Are you being objectionable because he understands the issues, knows the problems, and sees clearly commercial cultivation is a harmful thing for our county? We lose.

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      Re: stoned society!
      Posted on: 2017-12-28 07:44:57   By: Anonymous
       
      agree our society is dumbed down now just wait until this really goes wild. then there will no hope for fixing stupid. none at all. no hope for humanity.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-27 11:58:18   By: Anonymous
 
100$ fine is it for smoking in public and I'm going to get high just to get high no medical for me.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 12:10:04   By: Anonymous
     
    Way to go Cheech !

    [Reply ]

      Re: nimwad.
      Posted on: 2017-12-27 12:32:34   By: Anonymous
       


      [Reply ]

        Re: nimwad.
        Posted on: 2017-12-27 12:35:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Richard Head

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          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
          Posted on: 2017-12-27 12:56:08   By: Anonymous
           
          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!


          [Reply ]

            Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
            Posted on: 2017-12-30 23:25:02   By: Anonymous
             
            Lock him up!

            [Reply ]

          Re: nimwad.
          Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:34:35   By: Anonymous
           
          ^ Global warming's to blame for his actions.

          [Reply ]

            Re: nimwad.
            Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:27:43   By: Anonymous
             
            But at least he's sustainable and gluten free.

            [Reply ]

              HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
              Posted on: 2017-12-27 16:45:07   By: Anonymous
               


              [Reply ]

        Re: Bill McBanus
        Posted on: 2017-12-27 12:56:20   By: Anonymous
         
        Hey, Bill lets meet an burn one. You need this

        [Reply ]

          Re: Bill McBanus
          Posted on: 2017-12-27 13:33:29   By: Anonymous
           
          I used to smoke pot & now I forget what I'm talking about.

          [Reply ]

            Re: Bill McBanus
            Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:06:23   By: Anonymous
             
            I love Jenkem.

            [Reply ]

            Re: Bill McBanus
            Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:40:01   By: Anonymous
             
            Can I Mambo dogface through the banana patch?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 20:37:55   By: Anonymous
     
    I do not want to be subjected to second hand marijuana smoke.

    [Reply ]

discharging human waste directly on top of the ground
Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:33:00   By: Anonymous
 
And that guy in the tights & tutu that sprinkles rose petals before your footsteps.


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    those who need it can find it. The rest don't really need it.
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 14:38:34   By: Anonymous
     
    In 1995, one user told a reporter it is "more potent than cannabis

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I Might Try It
Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:21:20   By: Anonymous
 
I smoked a little bit of pot when I was a kid way back in the late '60s. I was thinking I just might try it again.when it's legal but I understand the new pot much more intense. Maybe, I'd be better off just to simply stick with my beer.

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    Re: I Might Try It
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 15:29:37   By: Anonymous
     
    Smoke a joint of today's bud and you'll forget where you set your beer and be to comatose to look for it.

    [Reply ]

      The Spelling Otter.
      Posted on: 2017-12-27 16:32:16   By: Anonymous
       
      It's "too".

      [Reply ]

        Re: The Spelling Otter.
        Posted on: 2017-12-27 17:58:27   By: Anonymous
         
        F U Too

        [Reply ]

          Just A Few
          Posted on: 2017-12-27 18:49:52   By: Anonymous
           
          Don't have to smoke the whole spliff Gomer, just a few hits.
          It sure beats getting totally wrecked, like having a couple of beers,not the entire 6-pack.

          [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-27 19:01:21   By: Anonymous
 
As if Commiefornia isn't insane enough already..let's throw some gas on the fire.

[Reply ]

    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-27 20:30:10   By: Anonymous
     
    booger.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-28 06:04:43   By: Anonymous
 
Oh boy, now we get to hear all of the ALCOHOLICS rant and rave about the evils of marijuana.
We should do a comparison of deaths cased by both drugs.
We should do a comparison of medical cost associated with both drugs, that includes people in rage beating up their children, girl friends, wives, strangers.
Those poor women in Columbia, and Jamestown on Christmas who's drunken guys beat them up
oh, what am I thinking???..... this will just cause violence, by the drunkards, never-mind, sorry I brought it up. Let's turn a blind eye on this.....again.




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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 08:36:48   By: Anonymous
     
    i agree 100%

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-28 07:38:39   By: Anonymous
 
I hope the banners are paying attention to what is happening in Yolo County. Out of control illegal grows, environmental damage and resulting violence from an unregulated market. A place where county government took a wait and see attitude and now no money to keep residents safe.

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    Re: Rotten Apple Pot Growers
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 10:16:36   By: Anonymous
     
    How do you feel about the growers who are challenging the Measure C tax? And those who are boasting about getting their tax payments returned? And those growers saying they will join a class-action suit to get their Measure C payments refunded?

    Those monies helped balance the County budget; ensured some employees got a well-deserved raise; have been funding the SO team that does illegal eradications.

    What these rotten apple growers are doing is turning more voters into 'banners'. If you are a grower, start to police your own or you will find more people campaigning our BoS to vote for a ban instead of regulation. The decisive vote is not until January. It's up the growers to play fair: grow and pay taxes.

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      Re: Rotten Apple Pot Growers
      Posted on: 2017-12-28 10:50:45   By: Anonymous
       
      I think it's beautiful! The county SHOULD pay ALL measure C taxes back to the farmers they illegaly screwed. Pay up!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 20:41:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Don't worry. Those of us who support individual patient and caregiver rights, but who are against commercial cultivation are "paying attention" to much more than Yolo County. Having the UO experiment informed us that this is a mess. We have environmental issues so serious we will be dealing with it for years, if we ban now. We have lawsuits - even before the BOS has acted. We lose.

    [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2017-12-28 07:39:57   By: Anonymous
 
Closer to home, San Jose has perhaps seven storefronts licensed to begin selling. Similar number in San Diego.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 20:43:08   By: Anonymous
     
    The City of Mountain View, home of Google, has wisely decided to wait and see what the State rolls out, which will decidedly be long after January 1, 2018. Until then, they are banning, including no dispensaries, transportation, and the like. Smart move.

    [Reply ]

Positive Feedback Loop
Posted on: 2017-12-28 08:18:20   By: Anonymous
 
It works like this:

The more Democrats you have in charge, the easier it is to get cannabis.

The more you use cannabis, the likely you are to vote for a Democrat.

The more Democrats get votes, the more power they get.

And the feedback loop just continues until it self-destructs.

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    Re: Positive Feedback Loop
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 09:26:56   By: Anonymous
     
    I broke my legs in an accident and got a good repair at Kaiser. The nerve pain from the healing fractures was almost as painful as the fractures. I tried home-grown Sativa from advice I received from a trauma nurse. It didn't completely take away the 24 hours per day pain but definitely took the edge off and helped me a great deal. For those ban people who state there is no medical use... WRONG. It also helped me eat when I was sick from the arcotics provided by Kaiser

    [Reply ]

      Re: Positive Feedback Loop
      Posted on: 2017-12-28 09:53:42   By: Anonymous
       
      When I was a kid I got a penicillin shot to cure an ear infection, it worked. I think we should give everyone a penicillin shot...

      [Reply ]

      Re: Positive Feedback Loop
      Posted on: 2017-12-28 20:44:47   By: Anonymous
       
      No one is saying that you or anyone here cannot have their individual medicine. It's the commercial marijuana cultivation that is causing the devastating damage on so many levels and in so many ways.

      [Reply ]

        Re: Positive Feedback Loop
        Posted on: 2017-12-31 21:14:05   By: Anonymous
         
        I pulled out my own tonsils.

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    Re: Positive Feedback Loop
    Posted on: 2017-12-28 13:04:26   By: Anonymous
     
    We love Democrats. The only people I hang out with. Republicans are nasty.

    [Reply ]

      Re: Positive Feedback Loop
      Posted on: 2017-12-29 19:52:25   By: Anonymous
       
      Of course you do.
      Democrats LOVE Hanging Out, that's why so many are getting busted and losing their jobs for deviant sexual behavior like your "Hanging Out".
      Prevert!

      [Reply ]

      Re: Positive Feedback Loop
      Posted on: 2017-12-30 08:03:39   By: Anonymous
       
      Democrats are nice but they tend to smell bad

      [Reply ]

        Re: Positive Feedback Loop
        Posted on: 2017-12-30 16:13:07   By: Anonymous
         
        And you don't have too slap them on the back to swallow

        [Reply ]

          Re: Positive Feedback Loop
          Posted on: 2017-12-31 21:15:51   By: Anonymous
           
          And if you cut them in half, the other half grows back.

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