California pot shops struggle to keep shelves stocked as new state rules roll out

SANTA CRUZ – The shelves at some local cannabis dispensaries are bare as the budding businesses scramble to adapt to a new set of statewide testing and packaging rules that took effect Sunday.

The apparent shortage of cannabis follows months of low prices and fire-sales as pot shops sought to clear their inventory of untested products that are now illegal to sell. As much as $90 million in non-compliant cannabis may be left over and would need to be destroyed under the new rules, according to the United Cannabis Business Association.

As of July 1, retailers must sell pre-packaged cannabis products that have been lab-tested for potency and pollutants such as pesticide, fungus and heavy metals. Some retailers had been hoping the state would extend

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