California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control suspended hundreds of business licenses this month, citing missed deadlines in the state’s mandate to get everyone onboard with track-and-trace training. The plan was to have the BCC’s 2,630 licensed businesses credentialed in the state system by the end of October. The suspensions are in place for those businesses still lagging in compliance.
All told, the BCC froze the licensed status of 407 cannabis business. The BCC oversees businesses licensed for cannabis retail, delivery, distribution and manufacturing.
California’s Cannabis Track-and-Trace system (CCTT) is powered by Metrc. The roll-out of this system began in January.
Josh Drayton of the California Cannabis Industry Association told the Associated Press that this sort of bottleneck in the supply chain ends up counterproductive for the legal industry’s goals in California. “We’re kind of incentivizing the illicit market, which is a much more affordable option right now for consumers,” he said. “What we really need to be focused on is access and affordability.”