Bad for Business: California's Testing Delays Are Holding Up Cannabis Product Sales

As part of its new laws legalizing recreational marijuana, California also instituted mandatory testing of cannabis products. But now those mandatory tests are becoming somewhat problematic.

Cannabis businesses in California are complaining about a major backlog for marijuana product testing. Under new state laws, all cannabis products, from flower to edibles to oils, must undergo testing to make sure it's safe and not violating any regulations. However, considering how many cannabis businesses there are in California, and how relatively few testing labs there are, there's a giant backlog in products.

This means dispensaries are forced to keep some of their products off the shelves until they get the official ok from the labs. That's bad for businesses, because it means less options for their customers. But it's also bad for consumers, since they don't have the full array of cannabis options available to them.

The testing procedures weren't a problem until a month ago. California law allowed dispensaries to sell cannabis products that were not tested under the new state regulations until July 1st. But starting last month, all cannabis products needed to abide by the new regulations.

Considering California's marijuana sales are already lower than expected, and now these new testing procedures are preventing cannabis products from reaching shelves. Just a little more proof that California's legalization era has started off a little bit shaky.

(h/t NBC San Diego)


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