….Randall Longwith, a Fullerton-based attorney and cannabis advocate involved in several city initiatives, said the process has unfolded without incident, but criticized the use of a public lottery.

“You should be vetting people up front, figuring out who doesn’t have a criminal record and all of that, and then have the lottery,” said Longwith, who has helped author medical marijuana petitions for cities across Orange County.

He said a pre-screening would ensure “the best” operators possible, rather than focusing on “giving every applicant an equal chance.”

Since medical marijuana was legalized in California in 1996…..

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