MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LONG BEACH (AP) — California’s struggling marijuana market can expect more strain and turbulence for at least a couple of years as it deals with sustained competition from illegal sales, industry layoffs and fallout from a national vaping crisis, the state’s top cannabis regulator said Friday. “It’s pretty tough just even for the regulators right now,” Lori Ajax, who heads the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control, said at an industry forum. “These challenges just keep coming at us and to the industry.” “We are going to continue to see that for the next couple of years,” she predicted. Ajax’s remarks come at an unsettled time for California’s legal pot economy — at about $3 billion, the world’s largest. The state’s thriv
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