The audit, carried out by the United Hashish Enterprise Assn., discovered roughly 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and supply providers working in California. By comparability, solely 873 cannabis sellers within the state are licensed, based on the Bureau of Hashish Management.

The figures are the most recent signal of California’s rocky rollout of its authorized market, which promised higher rules and management starting in 2018. Reliable marijuana companies have repeatedly criticized state leaders and legislation enforcement for failing to curb unlicensed dispensaries and supply providers, which promote cannabis at a a lot lower cost by skirting state and municipal cannabis taxes.

This yr, an industry-backed monetary audit projected that roughly $8.7 billion shall be spent on unregulated cannabis merchandise in California in 2019, in contrast with simply $3.1 billion spent on cannabis bought by authorized companies.

Officers have additionally warned that cannabis merchandise bought within the unlawful market can pose well being dangers as a result of the edible merchandise, vaping pens and flower on cabinets of illicit shops haven’t been topic to state testing. Since June, the California Division of Public Well being has linked greater than 60 circumstances of acute lung illness to sufferers who had not too long ago used vape pens, and it warned that a lot of these folks had not too long ago bought merchandise from unlicensed outlets. [Read More @ The LA Times]