Will California legalize recreational marijuana? Odds are in favor of its happening, says Bloom Farms founder Mike Ray. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

Vape pen maker: California likely to legalize, but by a smaller margin than some expect

As California sits poised for the possibility of legal recreational pot, industry insiders such as Bloom Farms founder Mike Ray aren’t completely convinced it’s going to pass. Ray’s company, a vape pen manufacturer based in San Francisco, has a lot to gain from California marijuana going legal on an adult-use level, but he also wants it to be done right, and while he thinks that “at the end of the day, we will see it happen,” he doesn’t think it will pass by as large of a margin “as some people think.”

Ray is also a board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and he says he has “really had my ear to the ground over the past 12 months in trying to understand and guide this in the right way.”

Ray says that while he isn’t 100 percent certain that adult-use marijuana will be legalized, “the odds are in favor” of its happening, and he believes it needs to happen.

“Right now, the way that it’s set up, it’s not perfect, almost not perfect, but it’s the best we have right now,” he adds. “We need to stop putting people in jail; we need to get people out of jail.”

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