The growing of marijuana in California could be the next frontier for recreational cannabis businesses, as the state prepares to take control of its own medical marijuana program.
But the industry faces hurdles, including a lack of federal law enforcement oversight and the fact that a federal ban on medical marijuana remains in place, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times.
Gavin Newsom and his predecessor, Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, have promised to sign a law allowing the recreational use of marijuana by recreational users in 2018.
Newsom is also expected to sign an executive order allowing the use of medical marijuana in a future legislative session, according the article.
Newsom and Schwarzenegger, along with Attorney General Xavier Becerra, have both called for the legalization of marijuana.
The legalization of recreational marijuana would bring in more revenue to the state’s coffers than any other industry, and would also allow Californians to start their own businesses that could be regulated by the state.
However, a recent study by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office, an independent law-enforcement agency in California, found that recreational marijuana businesses would be more vulnerable to criminal activity and could be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
According to the LA Times, the state would likely be forced to implement a strict set of rules to ensure the safety of its residents and businesses, but it would be unlikely to be able to enact regulations in the time it would take for a recreational marijuana company to launch.