Ad For California Pot Czar: New Form Of Reefer Madness? | Santa Monica Mirror

(Two more putative ballot measures now authorized to seek voter signatures would make refinements to the 1996 Proposition 215, which legalized medipot.) The wide presumption is that if and when recreational marijuana is legalized, it will be regulated by the same czar as medipot, working under the states Department of Consumer Affairs. So even while the marijuana industry and its millions of customers cant seem to decide which measure to back, the choice of their future chief regulator is almost upon us. That person will supposedly be hired by the end of January, and then get one year to organize a new agency that will label all medical marijuana products, license growers and dispensaries around the state and weed out mavericks who refuse to comply with the states new regulations, passed by legislators last summer and then signed into law by Brown. What were seeing is a dramatic shift in professionalism within the cannabis industry and a major component is more vigorous, resilient and intelligent regulation, said Paul Warshaw, head of GreenRush, a medipot business with 125 associated dispensaries offering 5,000 pot-related products. Colleague Seth Yakatan, CEO of Kalytera, a company now developing marijuana-derived cannabidiol products it hopes will be used against osteoporosis and other health problems, sees a major shift in mindset. Californias medical marijuana industry has gained a reputation as being loosely regulated, often to the detriment of patients and business owners, he said. If this budding industry is to be taken seriously, Californias new Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation will need to be properlymanaged. But establishment of that agency also implies the Brown administration wants to be ready for full legalization, which could come as early as one year from now, depending on which, if any, currently proposed ballot measure should pass. Whoever takes the job will probably have a target on their head, predicted Dale Sky Jones, president of Oaklands Oaksterdam University, to a reporter. A leading source of information on pot, Oaksterdam also advises the states of Washington and Colorado, which already have legalized recreational pot. The new medipot boss will have to be careful never to even imply that he or she would like to see recreational marijuana legalized in California.

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