8 Facts To Know About Cannabis Sales in California
Happy New Year, everybody! Finally, 2018 has come, and it means that weed in California is legal. If you are a lucky local or heading there to celebrate the state’s launch of adult-use cannabis sales, here’s what you need to know.
1. Sales Are Yet To Start (Except Some Places)
Yep. You may not be able to buy cannabis at any spot in the state; many parts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have postponed the beginning of sales. Other parts of California decided to ban sales entirely. Look through this list of cities where dispensaries are already open or check a website of the Bureau of Cannabis Control for the useful info.
2. Opening Hours Depend On The City
State regulations allow retail stores to operate between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Local jurisdictions can be more restrictive. Check opening hours in advance.
3. ID Is A Must
Make sure you bring a government-issued ID. A state driver’s license, military ID, or passport will do. You do not need to be a California resident; the only requirement is to be 21 and over. For those under 21, a doctor’s recommendation is required to obtain medical cannabis.
4. Cards Are No Go, Bring Cash
The industry remains cash-only; it means that you can pay at stores only with cash. Many retailers, though, have ATMs; some allow patrons to pay with cards. However, it is always easier to show up with bucks.
5. Amount Is Limited
The state limits how much a consumer can purchase from a single retailer on a single day. It means that recreational customers can buy up to one ounce (or 28.5 grams) of non-concentrated cannabis, eight grams of concentrate, and six immature plants. Medical patients can buy eight ounces of cannabis or any amount consistent with the doctor’s recommendation.
Tinctures, concentrates, and topicals’ sales depend on a type of customer: adult-use products can contain up to 1,000 mg of THC per package, while medical products can contain twice as much.
6. Edibles Get Tighter Regulation
Regular consumers in California will notice changes to available edibles. For medical patients and recreational users, the state imposes limits on the serving size (10 mg of THC, no more than 100 mg in a single product package). The restrictions are similar to those in other adult-use states. However, a lot of edibles popular in California’s current market will be outlawed. The state will limit the shape of edibles to protect children from an accidental use — it means no human beings, cute animals, or fruit candies anymore. Yep.
7. Strict Testing Standards Are Still To Be Applied
California’s new regulations include rigorous testing standards, but they are not in place yet. During the first six months of legal sales, retailers will be able to sell products harvested or produced before Jan.1 regardless of whether they have been tested by a lab. Any product that hasn’t been tested must be labeled accordingly. Cannabis products manufactured after Jan. 1 become subject to testing; first, samples will be tested for potency and primary contaminants, but over the course of the year testing will grow more restrictive.
8. Yes, It is Legal — But Only Within The State
Bringing cannabis out of or into the state is illegal. Period. Don’t give Jeff Session a chance to attack California or threaten a crackdown. Nobody will thank you.
The main thing to remember is that you are about to enter the largest legal cannabis in the world. Use responsibly, respect other consumers, be polite. Have fun and enjoy, we all have been waiting for this moment for so long.
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