There are several ways you can verify that the dispensary you are purchasing from is licensed.
Licensed dispensaries in California are required to publicly display their license which includes the license number and a QR code. The QR code is a great source for verification and will lead you straight to the license.
The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is a great resource for license verification and other cannabis regulations. They provide a tool called the "Bureau of Cannabis Control's License Search" that allows you to search for licenses of any cannabis business registered in California. If the business is legal, their license number can be found at here. Visit capotcheck.com.
Consumers should be cautious when purchasing from an online source. Licensed delivery services will display their license number at the footer of their website. No licensed brand or dispensary will use social media (i.e. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, etc.) to sell or distribute product.
Hours of Operation
When purchasing from a dispensary or a delivery service, be cautious of the time. According to BCC regulations, code 5403, a licensed retailer can only sell and deliver cannabis goods between the hours of 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time and 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
CHECK THE PACKAGING
What information should you look for?
Prior to delivery or sale at a retailer, cannabis and cannabis products should be labeled and placed in a resealable, tamper-evident, child-resistant package. Packaging should also not be made to be attractive to children. If any packaging that includes popular cartoon/cereal characters, are not compliant or legal.
List of pharmacologically active ingredients, including, but not limited to, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoid content, the THC and other cannabinoid amount in milligrams per serving, servings per package, and the THC and other cannabinoid amount in milligrams for the package total.
The packaging should include an identification of the source and date of cultivation, the type of cannabis or cannabis product and the date of manufacturing and packaging. This includes a unique identifier for the purposes of identifying and tracking cannabis and cannabis products, such as a batch number. Keep an eye out for CannaSafe QR codes that lead to product COAs.
All packaging should include the California Universal Symbol for Cannabis in black. They should also include the GOVERNMENT WARNING.
To learn more about what information should be included on legal cannabis product packaging, visit http://bit.ly/legal packaging
READ THE COA
How do you verify a Certificate of Analysis (COA)?
Each COA displays information that is representative of a batch. If you can not identify a batch number, the COA has been edited, and is therefore invalid. Make sure the batch number on the COA matches the batch number on the product's packaging.
Any brand or company selling or distributing cannabis products must be licensed. You can verify that license by going to capotcheck.com. If your COA does have a license number, it has been edited and is therefore invalid.
regulatory Compliance testing
Any cannabis products sold legally in CA must go through Phase III Compliance Testing. If you are presented with a COA that is labeled R&D, it does NOT qualify as a valid COA for the product you are purchasing.
To pass Phase III Compliance, a sample must test Cannabinoids and pass for Pesticides, Residual Solvents, Microbials, Mycotoxins, Heavy Metals, Foreign Matter, and Water Activity. If any of these categories are missing or the sample did not pass, the COA is invalid.
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