The state of California was the first to legalize medical marijuana, and it only took 20 years to appoint the right person to the job of regulating the new and quickly changing industry. Last year, advocates pushed for the duties to be taken by this new position at the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs instead of giving the responsibility to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control . The irony of the situation is that the person appointed as the new medical marijuana czar of California is currently employed as the chief director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverave Control.
Medical marijuana advocates last year successfully pushed for the new bureau rather than placing regulatory authority in the hands of the ABC, which enforces liquor laws and oversees the licensing process. But on Thursday, pot advocates shied away from criticizing the appointment of a top ABC official to oversee pot rules.