As thousands of provisional marijuana license holders in California struggle to secure a full annual license, the state is kicking in $100 million to help cities and counties to address the backlog. California voters in 2016 voted to legalize the sale of adult-use cannabis, opening the door for a legal recreational cannabis market in the state. The state began issuing licenses in 2018, including provisional licenses. Provisional licenses were intended by the state to be a stepping stone to help marijuana cultivators, retailers, and distributors enter the legal cannabis marketplace. They are intended to be replaced by full annual licenses.

Sacramento Bee, 10/08/ 2021

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