New safety laws and regulations took effect in California’s marijuana dispensaries Sunday six months after the drug was legalized statewide. Now, all cannabis products sold in California must pass new testing for chemicals, pesticides and foreign materials, according to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.
“These regulations are very necessary for consumer protections, environmental protection and public safety protections, so they are good and we support them,” Kimberly Cargile, executive director of A Therapeutic Alternative told the Sacramento Bee. “However it’s more difficult to operate within a regulated market and more difficult than we anticipated.”
Recreational cannabis has been legal in California since January. In that time, dispensaries were permitted to sell marijuana that didn’t meet the new standards put into place Sunday. Because of this, dispensaries across the state offered the now non-compliant cannabis at large discounts in an effort to avoid government fines for selling products that don’t comply with the new regulations.
“It’s about getting rid of a lot of older product that doesn’t meet city and state requirements and getting through that old inventory and moving on to the next steps after July 1,” Nick Danias, manager of the Pottery cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles, told Reuters.
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Published: July 2, 2018