Up in Smoke: New California Law Could Send $350m Worth of Cannabis to Incinerator

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Rules requiring special packaging and lab testing lead to fears of legal weed shortages.

About $350m worth of cannabis products could be destroyed as new regulations take effect on Sunday in California.

New rules stipulate that all cannabis products must be sold in child-resistant packaging, and must be lab-tested for potency and a variety of contaminants. Additionally, edibles will be limited to 100mg of THC per package, divided into 10mg servings.

The long-anticipated switch has prompted California dispensaries to sell non-compliant products at steep discounts. Amid the buyers’ market, dispensaries that overstocked the items are feeling the brunt of the rule change.