MMRSA Begins: California Appoints First Medical Marijuana Chief

Lori Ajax is Governor Jerry Browns Suggested Head of the newly formed Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Lori Ajax is Governor Jerry Browns Suggested Head of the newly formed Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation

Governor Brown is not wasting any time implementing the recently enacted MMRSA (Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act) in appointing Lori Ajax as the state's first head of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation (aka "Weed Chief" or for punsters the "Chief BuMMR"). Ajax's responsibilities include developing standards and regulations to "ensure qualified patients have adequate access to medical cannabis and medical cannabis products." Given her background in the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, where she was a 20 year veteran, one can also assume that she'll devote an even greater amount of time making sure that those who are not qualified patients will not have access to medical cannabis or medical cannabis products."

According to MMRSA, her appointment is subject to confirmation by the California state Senate. If approved she will begin by hiring 40-50 people for the new department and possibly putting together an advisory panel to assist her.

Cannabis activists were guardedly optimistic, noting that she "... previously handled alcohol licensing for 20 northern California counties, giving her contacts with local officials in the part of the state where 60 percent of the nation’s marijuana is produced."

In case you were wondering, she is 50 years old, is a Republican (which could help her in the rural counties which thus far are not as enthusiastic about marijuana as the state's more populous counties), and will make $150,636 a year in her new post.

By: Wesley