No. 33: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

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No. 33: Lori Ajax

In February 2016, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Lori Ajax as the first chief of the newly formed Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, now the Bureau of Cannabis Control. In newspaper jargon, that translates to “Weed Czar.” Ajax is responsible for overseeing the creation of the state’s regulatory framework for the cannabis industry, and everyone is awaiting the new regulations in January. She is also an active member of State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Work Group. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as chief deputy director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. Ajax spent ten years in private industry prior to her state government career. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.

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