What determines the expiration date on a Cannabis product in California?
According to the DCC, “Pursuant to section 17406 of the Department’s regulations, the date the cannabis product was packaged for retail sale is required. However, best-by, sell-by, or expiration dates are optional.
Generally, the licensee who produces or packages/labels the product determines the best-by, sell-by, or expiration dates, if they choose to include one.
The COA (Certificate of Analysis) date is not the same as the best-by, sell-by, or expiration date. COA’s are good for 12 months from the date of issuance.
Because COAs are good for 12 months, anything after this is considered to be expired, and the product is no longer considered lab tested. The product would then have to be retested to continue to be sold and in compliance.