SLOW GROWTH

Legal cannabis stumbles out of the gate


MULTIPLE USES— Critics say expensive and cumbersome regulations have slowed the rollout of legal marijuana. Meanwhile, a byproduct of the cannabis plant, cannabidiol (CBD), is taking root as a medical alternative. Lauren Lerch, left, runs a CBD store in Thousand Oaks. (See related story on Page 2.)

When the clock struck midnight on Dec. 31, California began its second year of legalized cannabis with several new laws governing the nascent industry taking effect.

But what was expected to be ...

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