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Brown Names Lead Medical Marijuana Regulator

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical marijuana clone plants at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif.

Jeff Chiu / File / AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed the first-ever head of California’s new medical marijuana regulatory agency.

Lori Ajax is a top deputy at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, where she’s worked for more than 20 years.

She’ll be responsible for starting up the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation — or “BuMMR” — at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. The governor and Legislature approved the regulatory structure last year, nearly 20 years after voters legalized medical marijuana.

The position will pay $150,000 a year. Ajax is a registered Republican.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio