On February 4, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Lori Ajax, currently the chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, to the newly-created post overseeing the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in the Department of Consumer Affairs. The Medical Marijuana Regulations and Safety Act effective January 1, 2016, required the Governor to appoint to the Department of Consumer Affairs, subject to confirmation by the Senate, a Chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation.
Ajax, 50 of Fair Oaks, has worked in various positions at the ABC since 1995. After studying criminal justice at Sacramento State and working in private industry for 10 years, Ajax began her career at the agency as an investigator in the Santa Rosa district office and later managed licensing and enforcement operations for 20 counties in Northern California. She is a Republican.