The Possibility Of Delay Was Raised At A Hearing At The Capitol By Three State Senate Committees Looking Into Whether State Agencies Are On Track To Complete The Work This Year.

Patrons shop at Bud and Bloom, a Santa Ana marijuana dispensary. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Patrick McGreevy Contact Reporter State lawmakers voiced doubts Monday about the ability of state agencies to finish Green Rush crafting regulations and a licensing system for the sale of recreationalmarijuana in California by the end of this year, as promised to voters. The possibility of delay was raised at a hearing at the Capitol by three state Senate committees looking into whether state agencies are on track to complete the work this year. Agencies responsible for constructing a system for selling marijuanain California, including the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, have fallen behind in some key tasks. Officials acknowledged that, while they can begin processing license applications by Jan. 1, 2018, the agency may not be able to issue all of the tens of thousands of licenses expected to be applied forby thatdeadline. Though the licensing system will not be complete by 2018, the bureauhopes to be able to begin processing applications by that time, but may initially have to issue some provisional licenses. Doubts were voiced at the hearingby lawmakers including stateSen. Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), chairman of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

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