A worker checks on flowering cannabis plants in one of the grow rooms at Canndescent's cannabis cultivation facility in Desert Hot Springs, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. he state is in the process of creating its second stop-gap licensing program for the cannabis industry to avoid what would otherwise likely be a major disruption in the supply chain for California’s newly legal marijuana market. The provisional licensing scheme should buy regulators more time, as temporary marijuana business permits get ready to start expiring before a single full annual license has been issued.(Photo by Nick Agro, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Marijuana: 6 things to watch for in California in 2020

From key court cases to clearing criminal records, it’ll be another big year for cannabis policy.

As California enters its third year of legal recreational cannabis sales, many expect upcoming new laws, high-profile court cases and major criminal justice reforms to shake up the industry.

Marijuana advocates are wary after a challenging second year, but most also are hopeful that changes in 2020 will put them in a better position a year from now.

“We always knew it would be an uphill battle,” said Robert Flannery of Dr. Robb Farms, a cannabis cultivation company based in Desert Hot Springs. “But there are very few people who are not generally optimistic about the cannabis industry.”

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