Welcome to Green Saturday; Tomorrow is the Weed Apocalypse (And That Might Help Legal Farms)
On July 1, California’s cannabis rules change drastically. Businesses with cannabis products that only met the old testing standards can no longer sell that merchandise. So, today is Green Saturday. Prices on perfectly good marijuana will be slashed.
“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,” said Nick Danias, manager of a cannabis dispensary to Reuters News.
Then comes what many are calling Weed apocalypse. According to The Guardian, “About $350m worth of cannabis products could be destroyed as new regulations take effect on Sunday in California.”
The good news for growers is that there is a least a short-term demand for cannabis that follows the new rules. True Humboldt told its farmers, “[W]ord got out that True Humboldt has compliance tested flower and our phones haven’t stopped ringing with orders!”
Dispensaries are at least temporarily desperate for some of that Humboldt harvest.
California’s new regulations include
LABORATORY TESTING REQUIREMENTS:
Beginning July 1, 2018, a licensee may only sell cannabis goods that have been tested and passed all testing requirements in effect at the time of testing.
- Untested cannabis goods cannot be sold by a retailer and must be destroyed. A retailer may not send cannabis goods to a distributor for testing.
- Untested cannabis goods manufactured or harvested before January 1, 2018, in possession of a distributor that are owned by the distributor must be destroyed.
- Untested cannabis goods manufactured or harvested before January 1, 2018, in the possession of a distributor owned by a manufacturer or cultivator may be returned to the licensee who owns the cannabis goods. If a cultivator or manufacturer chooses to sell the returned cannabis goods, the cannabis goods must be sent to a distributor for testing and must meet all of the testing requirements in effect at the time of testing before transported to a retailer for sale.
PACKAGING AND LABELING REQUIREMENTS:
Beginning July 1, 2018, all packaging and labeling must be performed prior to cannabis goods being transported to a retailer.
- A retailer shall not accept cannabis goods that are not properly packaged and labeled. A retailer shall not package or label cannabis goods, even if the cannabis goods were in inventory before July 1, 2018. However, for medicinal sales, retailers will place a sticker on cannabis goods stating, “FOR MEDICAL USE ONLY” upon sale to a qualified medicinal consumer, unless the statement is already printed on the package.
- A retailer may not send unpackaged cannabis goods to another licensee for packaging or labeling. Cannabis goods in possession of a retailer that do not meet packaging and labeling requirements must be destroyed.
- Exit packaging is not required to be child-resistant and can no longer be used to satisfy the child-resistant packaging requirements. All cannabis goods must be in child-resistant packaging prior to delivery to a retailer.
THC LIMITS FOR EDIBLE CANNABIS PRODUCTS:
Beginning July 1, 2018, edible cannabis goods may not exceed 10 milligrams of THC per serving and may not exceed 100 milligrams of THC per package.
THC LIMITS FOR NON-EDIBLE CANNABIS PRODUCTS:
Beginning July 1, 2018, non-edible cannabis products must meet package THC restrictions.
- Non-edible cannabis products shall not contain more than 1,000 milligrams of THC per package if intended for sale only in the adult-use market.
- Non-edible cannabis products shall not contain more than 2,000 milligrams of THC per package if intended for sale only in the medicinal market.
INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE OF CANNABIS PRODUCTS:
Beginning July 1, 2018, a retailer may only sell cannabis products that meet the requirements set by the California Department of Public Health for ingredients or appearance.