New Cannabis Contraband: The Brands and Products Now Outlawed Under California’s New Rules

When California’s recreational market comes online on Jan. 1, the industry will have to adjust to follow these rules — or face the state’s new Bureau of Cannabis Control.

By Chris Roberts @cbloggy |

California’s massive marijuana industry is a multibillion-dollar game, and as of last Thursday, it is at last a game with some rules.

With less than six weeks to go before the advent of the recreational marijuana era, the multiple state agencies responsible for regulating legal cannabis sales at last released a set of emergency regulations.

These rules aren’t final, but this is what will take effect on Jan. 1, the first day of legal recreational sales. An important (and slightly confusing!) note: There is a six-month transition period from Jan. 1 to July 1, when some of the rules are relaxed, but only in certain circumstances.

This is a good thing for the products on some dispensary shelves and delivery-service menus — which will become forbidden goods after that time. Other popular items do not enjoy any such grace period, and become contraband after Dec. 31.

Here’s a brief rundown of soon-to-be-verboten illegal brands and services.

No edibles stronger than 100 milligrams, no edible serving sizes bigger than 10 milligrams.

The biggest changes are to edibles, and one of the most significant limits is on serving sizes. Will we have to say goodbye to Slactavis’s 1500 mg bottles of syrup, 1000 mg bags of Bomb ChipsKiva’s 180 mg chocolate bars, and Korova’s 300 mg popcorn bags? Quite possibly, yes.

According to the Bureau of Cannabis Control: “Beginning January 1, 2018, licensees shall not transport or sell any edible cannabis product that exceeds 10 milligrams per serving. Adult-use products may not exceed 100 milligrams per package; however, medicinal cannabis products may exceed 100 milligrams per package.”

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