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TreezSupport: California Cannabis Compliance Guide
TreezSupport: California Cannabis Compliance Guide
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California Purchasing & Limits Cannabis Compliance Guide

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Purchasing & Limits

  • Medical
    No age limit. If the patient is under 18, the patient must have a designated caregiver. Patients under 18 are not allowed on-premises.

  • Adult Use
    Consumers must be 21 years of age or older.

Purchase Limit Amounts

  • Medical
    Patients are allowed 8 ounces of non-concentrated product and 12 immature plants per day. They are also allowed to purchase edibles with over 100 milligrams of THC per package, which adult-use consumers are prohibited from purchasing. The Bureau of Cannabis Control hasn’t clarified if patients have a concentrate limit or what it is.

  • Adult Use
    Consumers are allowed 28.5 grams (1 ounce) of non-concentrated product, 8 grams of concentrated product, and 6 immature plants per day.

Equivalency Calculation

California doesn’t use an equivalency calculation. Products contribute to the separate purchase limits according to the amount of cannabis or THC in the product.

  • Flower: grams of flower

    • Contributes to non-concentrated limit

  • Preroll: grams of flower

    • Contributes to non-concentrated limit

  • Infused preroll: milligrams of THC (from both flower and concentrate)

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Cartridge: grams of extract

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Extract: grams of extract

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Kief: grams of kief

    • Contributes to non-concentrated limit

  • Edible: milligrams of THC

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Beverage: milligrams of THC

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Topical: milligrams of THC

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Tincture: milligrams of THC

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

  • Pill: milligrams of THC

    • Contributes to concentrate limit

Caregivers

Caregivers have become increasingly uncommon since Adult-Use sales began.

Caregivers are allowed to purchase, receive, transport, or cultivate cannabis on behalf of the patient they are registered to provide care for. For the caregiver to receive any medical benefits (higher purchase limit, tax exemptions) on behalf of their patient, they must be registered as a caregiver and possess an identification card indicating their status. They must be at least 18 years old and responsible for the housing, health, or safety of the patient. Caregivers can only provide care for more than 1 patient if the patients live in the same city or county as the primary caregiver.

Medical Reciprocity

California does not recognize out-of-state patient status. If the patient is over 21, they can purchase, possess, and consume cannabis as an Adult Use consumer.

Taxes

California has 2 types of medical patients: Regular Medical and DPH (or ‘State’) Medical. Both types of patients must obtain a medical recommendation from a physician. If the patient then chooses to register their recommendation with their county’s Department of Public Health and is approved, they receive a Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC) are exempt from sales taxes.

Medical - DPH

    • Applies to cannabis product

      • Non-arm's length (NAL): Calculated off Retail Price, Retail Price x 15% = NAL Excise Tax on Item

  • Local cannabis tax: varies

    • Can apply to cannabis product and/or merch items

Adult Use & Medical - Regular

    • Applies to cannabis product

      • Non-arm's length (NAL): Calculated off Retail Price, Retail Price x 15% = NAL Excise Tax on Item

  • State sales tax: 7.25%

    • Applies to cannabis product and merch items

    • Calculated off Gross Receipts, including excise tax on cannabis items

  • Local cannabis tax: varies

    • Can apply to cannabis product and/or merch items

  • Local sales tax: varies

    • Applies to cannabis product and merch items

State Tracking

California uses Metrc to track inventory and sales. All inventory activity must be entered into Metrc within 24 hours of occurrence.

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