33 | Alex Traverso, California Bureau of Cannabis Control
October 2, 2019
“There aren't those controls on the illegal market. You may be paying less, but you know, you really don't know where your product's coming from. And whether it's going to make your sick or not.”
— Alex Traverso
California passed Prop. 215 back in 1996, legalizing cannabis for medicinal use and blazing the trail for other states. Twenty years later, following Colorado's lead, voters in the Golden State passed Prop. 64, and made it legal for all adults to use cannabis in the most populous state in the nation. Now, enthusiasts and critics alike have opinions about how the state has implemented the law. Some say the taxes and regulations are too burdensome; safety concerns have arisen more recently.
Alex Traverso is chief communications officer for the Bureau of Cannabis Control, and he's at ground zero of the California's cannabis regulatory machine. We talked about taxes, rogue dispensaries, how to make sure you're consuming safely, and much more.
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