California’s Top Cannabis Regulator is Retiring

The head of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has announced her retirement, effective Dec. 2.

Lori Ajax has held the position since the Bureau’s formation several years ago. She is the chief cannabis industry regulator in California.

“She definitely did whatever she could to be accessible, to hear people, empathize with people. Whatever it took,” said BCC spokesman Alex Traverso. “She was here every day for like 12 hours a day working, and that set the tone for everyone else.”

Ajax’s successor, whoever that may be, will preside over a many important developments in the cannabis regulation space. These include the merger of California’s three marijuana regulatory agencies into a single Department of Cannabis Control in 2021 and the creation of the state’s new Cannabis Appellations Program



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