Talk about a buzz kill.
California will mark the six-month anniversary of recreational marijuana sales on Saturday with consumers and the cannabis industry complaining about everything from steep prices to high taxes to a scarcity of licensed pot shops.
And things could get worse.
Although they’ve known about the deadline for months, many marijuana companies have been slow to submit their products to laboratories to see if they meet state-imposed quality standards that go into effect on July 1.
Industry officials say that’s creating a bottleneck that could lead to spot shortages of cannabis, particularly in San Diego where consumer demand is expected to soar during the summer tourist season. Comic-Con alone will draw at least 135,000 visitors in mid-July.
The shortage would represent an inconvenience for consumers. But “it could be an extinction event for companies whose products don’t turn out be be compliant,” said Pamela Epstein, chief executive officer