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Alcohol enforcement veteran tapped to lead new state agency that will oversee medical marijuana licensing

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SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown has named a veteran of the state agency that oversees alcohol sales in California to lead a new arm of government that will do the same for medical marijuana.

Brown appointed Lori Ajax as the first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation, a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs that was created through the passage in September of a statewide licensing scheme for medical marijuana businesses.

Ajax is chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, where she has worked as an investigator and administrator since 1995.

Her appointment to the $150,636-a-year post must be confirmed by the California Senate.

The governor's office says Ajax is registered to vote as a Republican.

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