California’s marijuana growers are at risk of losing thousands of dollars in revenue as scores of temporary business licenses expire each day before the state can replace them with annual permits.

That leaves many cultivators trapped in a licensing logjam with a difficult choice: Continue operating with expired permits -- or shut down. This is the beginning of the outdoor cultivation season, and many growers went ahead and planted despite knowing their temporary licenses were set to expire -- holding out hope that state regulators would speed up the licensing process and issue annual permits posthaste.

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