California government report finds regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s marijuana market
A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators have a long way to go before they have a solid handle on the state’s cannabis industry.
The report concluded – despite having established a “structural foundation” for managing the legal marijuana industry – the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)’s “current status and location of personnel is not sustainable to provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities.”
It noted the agency’s enforcement staff has dozens of unfilled positions and a vacancy rate approaching 80%, making it harder for regulators to ensure the legal supply chain is running the way it’s supposed to.
Here are the basics of the situation:
- The audit was aimed at determining the effectiveness of the BCC’s enforcement program and cost.
- The report, released in early July, focused solely on the BCC, which is responsible for licensing and overseeing marijuana retailers, testing labs, distributors, microbusinesses and events.
- The other two agencies that regulate growers and manufacturers were not part of the audit.
- The audit period was July 2016 to January 2019.