Audit: There Are Nearly 3,000 Illegal Pot Shops in California
An audit conducted by the United Cannabis Business Assn. puts the number of illegal cannabis dispensaries and delivery services in California at 2,835. That’s more than three times the number of licensed businesses (873).
UCBA conducted the audit using the Weedmaps cannabis business directory. That means the real figure is probably even higher. Not everyone advertises on Weedmaps.
This is important work because the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control does not track unlicensed businesses. UCBA says it presented its findings to Gov. Gavin Newsom Wednesday.
“Every day that Weedmaps continues to advertise for unlicensed retailers they are putting consumers at risk and suppressing the growth and very existence of the legal market,” the Association said in a letter. “The unlicensed operators on Weedmaps do not pay taxes or the cost of compliance with local and state regulations, do not follow required worker or consumer protections and do not allow labor unions to organize workers, in turn allowing them to charge a fraction of the cost.”
Read more at the Los Angeles Times.