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HighQ: Should California's pot industry look more or less like the alcohol industry?


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Across the state of California right now, there are debates going on about how to regulate the legal marijuana industry. Cities, counties and the state are all deciding what standards to set and how the industry should operate. One of those debates: how pot gets from farm to table.

The Sacramento Bee details fighting between the Teamsters, marijuana industry groups and other labor groups over whether the marijuana industry should follow the independent distribution model the alcohol industry follows.

The debate is over the licensing system. Marijuana industry groups want those who grow to be able to distribute and sell, while the Teamsters and other labor groups want the model to follow the alcohol industry, carving out licenses that can be given to companies whose sole responsibility is distribution.

This debate came about because state regulators are trying to figure out how to combine previously passed medical marijuana laws with those that were put in place after voters passed Proposition 64 in November. Whether we'll see an independent distribution model or one that allows growers to move their own cannabis is unclear.

The expected deadline for these regulations and others is January 2018, but according to Rebecca Forée, communications manager with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, we can expect to start seeing draft regulations starting in early spring. 

Series: HighQ: Your California pot questions answered

This story is part of Take Two's look at California's burgeoning marijuana industry, with audience Q&As, explorations of personal narratives and an examination of how cannabis is changing the state.

Read more in this series, call or text us your questions at (929) 344-1948 or tweet reporter Jacob Margolis.