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Defining the Black Market in California's Cannabis Industry

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Defining the Black Market in Californiaโ€™s Cannabis Industry

Did you realize you were contributing to its growth when you purchase products from unlicensed cannabis businesses - including the oneโ€™s operating under โ€œProp 215.โ€

Saying Bye to Prop 215 ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

In California, cannabis legalization began back in 1996 with the passing of Proposition 215. โ€œProp 215 made exempt patients and defined caregivers who possess or cultivate marijuana for medical treatment recommended by a physician from criminal laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana.โ€ It allowed owners of medical recommendations to purchase cannabis from retailers operating under the Prop 215 classification.

Fast forward to today, where Prop 64 is the new regulatory standard and businesses operating under Prop 215 are considered โ€œblack marketโ€ operations. โ€œBlack market cannabis is primarily untested and leaves an open door for some of the industryโ€™s worst practices.โ€ Proposition 64 passed in 2016 and took effect in 2018. Prop 64 legalized Adult-Use sales and consumption but also includes regulations for the Medical industry, while doing away with Prop 215. Because many black-market cannabis businesses are hosted on platforms such as WeedMaps itโ€™s common for consumers to assume theyโ€™re purchasing safe, quality products from any business claiming to offer cannabis products. It simply isnโ€™t the case.

Given the new regulations itโ€™s tempting to purchase cannabis from the Black market. The new standards for licensed business and new taxes have increased the prices for licensed businesses, making products more expensive for consumers. It's tough to witness small farmers, small manufacturers, and even delivery/retail businesses not able to survive under the new standards. However, for the health of the plant, people and the industry, purchasing from licensed retailers ensures a future for this clean source of medicine.

In California, if you purchase a product from a dispensary or delivery service the item will have gone through multiple safety checks to ensure what youโ€™re buying is pure cannabis with zero contaminants. Licensed cannabis businesses have a certain standard to uphold and will be fully transparent and able to provide reports including detailed information regarding cannabinoid potencies and terpene analysis, plus pesticide, fungicide and PGR residue results on request.โ€

Below is a list of negative effects caused when purchasing cannabis from unlicensed businesses:

โ—      Itโ€™s bad for your health. Untested cannabis commonly fosters mold, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals. โ€œOne common pesticide among illegal growers contains the chemical carbofuran, which has been banned in the U.S., Canada and the EU for years. It takes only a sixteenth of a teaspoon of carbofuran to kill a human being [1].โ€

โ—      Itโ€™s harmful to the environment. โ€œPesticide residue can linger in soil, in extraction equipment and in five generations of plants. A research scientist who has been studying the environmental effects of illegal marijuana grows in Northern California has found chemical runoff as much as four years after a cultivation site was abandoned โ€“ killing protected species, seeping into other agricultural areas and making its way up the food chain.โ€

โ—      It hinders the growth of the industry. When licensed businesses lose money to the illegal market society takes the hit. Operating in the legal market means individuals may receive state approved jobs, giving them access to benefits and other opportunities otherwise unavailable to them. As the black market thrives, it strangles the ability of license holders to hire more employees.

You think youโ€™re getting a better deal by purchasing โ€œcheaperโ€ cannabis from unlicensed businesses, but it actually does more harm than good โ€“ to you and society. At times it doesnโ€™t feel like the actions we take in our personal lives make a difference, but this isnโ€™t one of those times. The cannabis industry is the perfect example of an industry where the people hold the power. It shows in the way states continue legalizing cannabis in the face of Federal prohibition. People are showing up to the polls and making change happen. You as the voter, individually and collectively, are forcing politicians to listen.

As the legal cannabis industry grows it needs more individuals to step up and begin buying into it. Nice Guys Delivery is a health-conscious, best-in class delivery service who supports the #cleancannabis movement. We are a licensed business, who has the individual at the heart of our mission. We are unlike the black-market who cares about profits over people, itโ€™s our goal to educate and guide our members about the validated benefits of cannabis for health. We make pain relief accessible, affordable and discreet while striving to offer each member an experience as unique as they are. 

Thatโ€™s the difference between us and the black market. We are here for you with clean cannabis options! The next time you purchase products we recommend asking your budtender or delivery drivers if they are licensed and if not, we suggest buying your products from someone who is. Click here to search for California licensed cannabis businesses and learn for yourself. Put your health first!

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