State Steps Up Inspection Process Ahead of Track-and-Trace

If you own one of the 6,000 licensed cannabis businesses in California, the time for full compliance is now.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is stepping up inspections of facilities ahead of the implementation of its track-and-trace program slated for June 1. A number of cannabis businesses have already received surprise visits from the BCC. And some of them sound intimidating.

“I had three [Bureau of Cannabis Control] agents flash badges at a new hire who had no idea what the BCC was or what a badge would look like,” one Northern California dispensary owner told Cannabis Now. “When he radioed up for a manager they demanded immediate access to the sales floor. When he complied they acted like it was a raid, scaring away all our customers. They then took everything out of the display cases looking for non-compliant products. When they didn’t find any they started searching employees personal items in their private lockers. They found a grinder with less than a gram of weed in it. Acting like we were ‘busted’ at that point they showed us the ‘evidence’ and told us we were not allowed to have this and could be fined next time.”

BCC spokesman Alex Traverso told Cannabis Now that his department has conducted more than 500 inspections so far. All of them have had gone smoothly, he said, adding “this is the first negative thing I’ve heard regarding our investigators.”


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