In this Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018 photo a grower at Loving Kindness Farms attends to a crop of young marijuana plants in Gardena, Calif. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Gains, growing pains mark California’s 1st year of legal pot

LOS ANGELES — It was supposed to be a great year for marijuana entrepreneur Brian Blatz.

When California broadly legalized pot on Jan. 1, the lawyer with a background in banking and health care had been working for a year to set up a trucking company that would whisk fragrant marijuana buds, infused juices and other products from fields and production plants to store shelves.

On its website, Long Beach-based Verdant Distribution said the company’s goal was to be the United States’ pre-eminent business for transporting cannabis.

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