Lawmakers have doubts that recreational marijuana in California will be in place by deadline

Lawmakers have doubts that recreational marijuana in California will be in place by deadline.

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State lawmakers voiced doubts Monday about the ability of state agencies to finish crafting regulations and a licensing system for the sale of recreational marijuana 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 marijuana in 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 for by that deadline.

Though the licensing system will not be complete by 2018, the bureau hopes to be able to begin processing applications by that time, but may initially have to issue some provisional licenses.

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