California Attorney General Becomes Weed Dealer

One of the founders of C4 Distro, a marijuana company specializing in concentrates and edibles in Los Angeles, is none other than the California attorney general from 1999 to 2007, Bill Lockyer. One of the most storied politicians in California’s history, Lockyer is looking to steer legal marijuana in California through business instead of law enforcement.

Bill Lockyer is now 70 years old and served not only as AG of California but also as state treasurer. He believes that the legalization of cannabis will allow for a more manageable, reasonable and better system to oversee cannabis consumption rather than police strictly enforcing prohibition.

With state-licensed sales of marijuana starting Jan. 1, Lockyer has co-founded a firm, C4 Distro, that will distribute packaged marijuana concentrates and edibles to stores in Los Angeles.

He says California’s new regulated system has a chance to be a model for the rest of the country.

“For me as somebody who was on the law enforcement side for so many years, I saw the inadequacies of the effort to regulate something just by calling it illegal,” Lockyer said. “I think legalizing will help stabilize and help legitimize this industry and result in better consumer protection and other public benefits.”

Lockyer, a Democrat who served in the state Assembly and was leader of the state Senate, has co-founded the firm with Eric Spitz, who was chairman and president of the former parent company of the Orange County Register.

The businessmen aim to get their products to pot shops in L.A. in late January or early February, Spitz said.

If the man in charge of law enforcement in California for nearly 20 years sees clearly that simply prohibiting the consumption of marijuana did not work, why then do so many states and the federal government fail to recognize the futility of banning consumption? Will Bill Lockyer be able to steer the legal cannabis market in California more efficiently from a business position than he could have as attorney general?

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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