The Business of Cannabis: Counterfeit Cannabis - A Threat to Public Health

May 28, 2019Article
Los Angeles Business Journal

Walk into a cannabis dispensary and chances are you will see on display products of some of the top brands in California, such as Heavy Hitters, Absolute Extracts, and King Pen. You will see certifications and stickers on the packaging itself, indicating that the product has passed California’s stringent testing standards, clearly intended to reassure you that the cannabis is clean.

What you may not know, however, is whether what you see is genuine or not. A thriving market exists of unlicensed dispensaries selling cannabis that bears the labels and markings of legitimate product, but in fact is not.