California voters legalized the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older when they passed Proposition 64 in November 2016. At the beginning of the new year, state officials must have regulations in place for this market that is expected to be huge.
The implications for the county, its cities and business will be immense. With that in mind, the Union-Tribune will dedicate a reporter to a cannabis beat. Current science writer Gary Robbins will take the helm.
Robbins has been a journalist for 40 years. He joined the U-T in 2010, after spending 25 years at the Orange County Register, where he also covered science. He has worked in Florida and Maine, and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT during the 2000-01 academic year.
Besides California, recreational pot is legal in Washington state, Washington, D.C., Alaska, Oregon, Massachusetts, Nevada and Colorado. Maine voters also approved it, but Maine’s governor