AP Photo/Eric Risberg California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana use in November, and now regulators are hard at work devising the new rules and fees to be imposed. There seems to be some considerable doubt, however, as to whether the regulations will be ready to go by next year, when the new licensing system and other regulations for the sale of marijuana are supposed to go into effect. Being blunt, there is no way the state of California can meet all of the deadlines before we go live on January 1, 2018, state Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, who represents several Northern California counties in prime marijuana-growing country, told Medical marijuana the Sacramento Bee. We are building the regulatory system for a multibillion-dollar industry from scratch. There is good reason for skepticism. After all, though voters passed Proposition 215 to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996, the Legislature did not get around to setting up the first comprehensive state licensing system until 2015. And the state has a long list of regulatory schemes to implement. In addition to the licensing system, it will be developing regulations covering everything from taxation to growing to testing to advertising to packaging to distribution to delivery to tracking products from production to sale, and probably much more. The state has been developing regulations since 2015, though, and it can draw upon the examples of several other states that have legalized recreational marijuana.
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