After practically 5 years of overseeing the rollout of California’s statewide marijuana regulatory system, Lori Ajax is retiring.
Alex Traverso, spokesman for the California Bureau of Hashish Management, confirmed Ajax’s resignation on Friday to Marijuana Enterprise Each day.
Ajax knowledgeable the company’s employees this previous week of her departure, he stated.
“She didn’t actually give a motive different than simply it feels prefer it’s time. Her husband retired a yr or so in the past. I believe it simply made sense,” Traverso stated.
Ajax’s resignation shall be efficient Dec. 2, Traverso stated.
Ajax was appointed in February 2016 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown to initially oversee the state’s Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.
Her appointment got here only some months after legislators permitted the primary statewide regulatory system for California’s MMJ trade within the fall of 2015.
Ajax remained chief of the company after its identify was modified to the Bureau of Hashish Management (BCC) after the 2016 election when voters permitted leisure legalization after which oversaw the rollout of the state’s authorized market in January 2018.
She was retained by Gov. Gavin Newsom after he took workplace in January 2019.
Via her years of labor, Ajax developed a popularity amongst many within the trade for her outreach to marijuana corporations and her widespread appearances at enterprise occasions to reply questions on state laws and different points – notably from annoyed MJ firm house owners who have been coping with a painful transition into the regulated market.
Traverso likened Ajax to “the baseball participant who stays and indicators autographs till everybody’s gone.”
He additionally famous that whoever takes over the job of operating the BCC may have “big footwear to fill.”
“She positively did no matter she may to be accessible, to listen to individuals, empathize with individuals. No matter it took,” Traverso stated.
“She was right here every single day for like 12 hours a day working, and that set the tone for everybody else.”
Traverso stated it’s unclear whether or not Newsom will appoint an interim director to run the BCC.
That uncertainty stems, partly, from the BCC’s impending merger in 2021 with the opposite two state regulatory companies that oversee the California hashish trade. The brand new company shall be referred to as the Division of Hashish Management.
A spokesperson for Newsom didn’t instantly return an MJBizDaily request for remark.
– John Schroyer