Her husband had stepped down about a year ago, so she felt it was her time to resign, informing her staff of her departure the past week. The resignation will take effect as of December 2, 2020.
California legislators had approved the first-ever state-wide regulatory system MMJ industry in 2015 during the fall season. Ajax was then appointed the following year in February 2016 to oversee the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation by Jerry Brown, who was the Governor at the time. The agency was later changed to the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).
Later in 2018, once the legalization had been approved and the legal marketplace in effect, she retained her office and developed a good reputation in the industry. Ajax helped marijuana company owners through the painful transition into the regulated market by visiting them and answering any queries that they had regarding their business.
Traverso spoke highly of Ajax and the work that she has done so far. He was quoted saying, “whoever takes her position has huge shoes to fill.” He praised her work ethic, reputation, and how she was always available to assist, working long hours a day. “She was easily accessible, ready to listen, and empathetic with people,” quoted Traverso.
Governor Newsom is yet to appoint an interim director to oversee the running of BCC. There is also uncertainty regarding the 2021 BCC’s Merger that involves the two-state regulatory agencies overseeing the California Cannabis industry. The agency is to be named the Department of Cannabis Control.
Newsom’s spokesman was not able to return a request for commenting on the issue.