Original article by By Sam Levin, The Guardian
California officials want to ensure that those once punished over harsh weed laws aren’t overrun by wealthy entrepreneurs once it’s legalized recreationally.
Joshua Weitz’s marijuana delivery company was supposed to be the biggest achievement of his life. The San Francisco native began dealing weed when he was 14 years old, and by 2013 he was eager to apply his skills in a legitimate medical cannabis business with a California license.
“You get this sense of a real supreme accomplishment. It felt so good to build something,” said Weitz, now 33.
But just before he was about to open the doors to Mirage Medicinal, his dream came crashing down. Weitz was pulled over while driving on Interstate 40 in Texas in July of 2014 and was charged with a felony for marijuana possession.