‘Waste, money lost’ as California cannabis retailers unload product

Cannabis retailers in California are scrambling to unload product that won’t be compliant with state regulations starting July 1.

They were given six months to exhaust their supplies of products made before the new requirements, and the deadline to sell those products is June 30.

On July 1, retailers must destroy any that remain.

The crunch to comply with state regulations means there will be a “tremendous amount of waste, chaos and money lost” throughout the cannabis supply chain, Menaka Mahajan, a cannabis consultant in San Francisco, told Marijuana Business Daily.

Earlier this week, sources told MJBizDaily the regulations could be an “extinction event” for California’s cannabis businesses.

According to multiple reports, California dispensaries are deeply discounting or giving away noncompliant product. For example:

  • Harborside in Oakland and San Jose is advertising on its website 40% off select flower and pre-rolls.
  • Golden State Greens in San Diego is advertising on Weedmaps up to 75% off storewide.
  • Firehaus in Los Angeles is advertising 50% off some products, according to the Associated Press.
  • A Therapeutic Alternative in Sacramento is discounting 60% of its inventory, and remaining clearance items will be given to MMJ patients with state-issued ID cards for free on June 30, the Sacramento Bee reported.

John Atari, CEO of Source Cannabis Farms, a licensed cultivator in Los Angeles, told the AP “there’s going to be a big shortage of clean product come July 1.”

4 comments on “‘Waste, money lost’ as California cannabis retailers unload product
  1. jimdamiano on

    get to the state assembly and prove there is no need to toss away good weed when there are a lot of vets that could use it and it appears to be helpful in getting opioid addicts clean give it to the shooting houses and instead of opioids the get cannibis

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  2. Maxcatski on

    Yeah, well, it’s about time the standard moved up to “clean”. And the retailers had six months to get ready.

    Somehow I doubt that this one time event will mean the “extinction” of the California cannabis trade.

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  3. V-Man on

    Good, the untested Cannabis should be disposed of.
    The chemicals that are used are noting short of horrible and dangerous for human consumption.
    Start offering tested Cannabis, it’s the safest way to insure your customers are not getting Poison.

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  4. Pat on

    Just one of many important questions that ca. citizens should be asking themselves: Some of these retailers, it seems, are the big one’s that have nation/worldwide recognition. It also seems that from this article, that these retailers were heavily discounting product ( such as bud) because they had not met testing reqs. Now, why would these “industry leaders” not have tested WAY before they were supposed to? Even up to July 1, 2018, it seems that they were not testing a lot of their product all along. Where was the Ca. Dept. of Public Health ( CDPH ) in all this?? Making this a req. prior to allowing ANY sales? Does the CDPH r-e-a-l-l-y give a crap about my health re this issue? What about product that does get tested and is sold and taken home ( as medical )? It’s up to the consumer to store it properly and to not let it get affected by “public health” destructive molds. Do prescription meds get moldy when they’re stored to long? Not usu. They lose potency. But, they don’t get moldy. What about people that grow for personal use. What if their bud get’s contaminated with pesticides ( from drift ) and/or infested with a bad mold? Does CDPH monitor for this kind of thing? Were these easily anticipated situations considered? How could they not have been? Bottom line: Many in the supply chain just don’t care. Although they feign that they do. Just as the CDPH feigns that it does. What these two entities have in common ( state gov./mmj businesses ) is: MONEY. However much they can get away with; they’re going to do it. Make as much as they can. Whether the method makes sense or not. The regulators are entirely to blame for these outcomes. They’re not supposed to be in the money making business. The legislature is entirely to blame for passing something that allows this kind of thing. Don’t blame the locals govts. ( many whom are inherently corrupt ). We all knew that prior to the law being passed. Blame the legislature for framing the law in such a manner to allow for and to facilitate this ongoing illegit. quagmire.

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