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HOW CALIFORNIA IS SLOWLY PROGRESSING THROUGH THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY

HOW TO CONVINCE CALIFORNIANS TO BUY LEGAL MARIJUANA

Over the course of several years, California has risen to become one of the poster children for the pro-cannabis movement. Since its original steps in the 70s, the Golden State has introduced the possibility of marijuana as an alleviant for AIDS and cancer, and it is currently home to a variety of cosmetic and beauty markets. However, nearly one year after the recreational market first opened in California, the largest pot market in the world is still lagging in certain areas as the multi-billion dollar global industry begins to work out its kinks. So how is California slowly but surely progressing through the marijuana industry? Let’s take a closer look at the situation and find out more.

Delivery Troubles

In an email, Alex Traverso (assistant chief of communications for the state Bureau of Cannabis Control) explained that one of the biggest problems faced by California officials is whether statewide delivery is 100% legal or tainted with legal activity. While the BCC has issued 142 licenses since January 2018, local jurisdictions believe they should have the legal right to ban delivery services in the same way. However, California has opposed the issue and states that delivery services should be permitted to all residents. According to Dale Gieringer (director of California NORML), a massive quantity of people in California cannot access cannabis, so deliveries (in their case) would be extremely helpful.

Quality Lab Testing

Since November 2, 2018, California laboratory facilities have successfully tested 19,707 batches of marijuana products including flowers, edibles, oil cartridges, and more. Out of this quantity, 3,000 items failed the lab tests, mostly due to inappropriate labeling about drug content (for example, one product may list the incorrect THC quantity). Likewise, some products contained large quantities of pesticides, microbes, and other impurities. While essential to the industry, critics have argued that marijuana tests are too rigorous and too expensive (ranging from $500 to $800).

Obtaining an Annual License

Back in early November 2018, marijuana businesses were granted the 12 first annual licenses distributed by the BCC. Unlike temporary licenses, these new pieces of documentation require a lengthy application process that includes a review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). However, through an annual license, businesses only have to reapply once every year and gain more power and legitimacy through the process.

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