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CA ‘Pot Czar’ Lori Ajax takes your questions ahead of the legalization of recreational marijuana

Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control.
Lori Ajax, chief of California's Bureau of Cannabis Control.
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On Jan. 1, 2018, California will ring in the new year with its first sales of legal recreational marijuana.

Major cities welcoming the wave of commercial pot retailers include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, while dozens of others cities like Pasadena, Anaheim and Riverside have opted out — at least for 2018. New businesses are required to have both city approval and a license from the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control to operate.

Leading that bureau is Lori Ajax, its very first chief appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown. She’s been tasked with spearheading regulations for what will now become the largest cannabis-friendly state in the country, and joins Larry Mantle to answer your questions.

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Lori Ajax, the first chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control; she formerly served as chief deputy director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control