California complicates state’s struggling legal marijuana system with more rules

In Politics by Michael Rae

It’s well-documented that California’s legal marijuana marketplace is rife with problems due, in part, to onerous red tape and high taxes that allow the black market to continue to dominate.  As a result, California is again looking to overhaul its regulatory framework for legal marijuana and medical cannabis.

The Department of Cannabis Control, created last year as a result of a previous regulatory overhaul that consolidated the efforts of three different agencies, has proposed new rules to govern the legal marijuana market. Unfortunately, many of the changes would further complicate the state’s legal marijuana market rather than improve its functioning.

In 2019,