California Medical Marijuana Czar says She Never Smoked Pot

California’s medical marijuana czar says she believes there’s a need for weed, although she’s never smoked pot herself.

“Unlike regulating alcohol, I’m not a user of marijuana, so I am not familiar with how that affects people or what it does,” Lori Ajax told the Los Angeles Times ( in an interview Thursday.

“But from the outreach I’ve done since I got here, it appears there is a medical need, and I’m tasked with doing this, and I’m going to do it.”

Ajax was appointed as the first chief of the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation in February by Gov. Jerry Brown. The job pays $150,636 a year and requires state Senate approval.

– Read the entire article at ABC News.