The city of San Diego in California has a new marijuana business regulatory agency.
The city has joined the ranks of other big California cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco by creating a marijuana-specific agency to oversee its industry.
The fledgling Cannabis Permitting Bureau will have an annual operating budget of just under $1 million and a staff of nine full-time employees to focus on licensing as well as industry oversight, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
“We will be doing proactive code enforcement where necessary and revoking permits for what we call ‘bad actors,’ if necessary,” said P.J. Fitzgerald to the newspaper.
Fitzgerald is an assistant deputy director in the city’s Development Services Department.
San Diego has five licensed cannabis storefronts and another five waiting to open.
Forty production facilities are licensed in the municipality of which 11 are operational.