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Information Regarding Posting of QR Codes by Commercial Cannabis Retail Licensees
Information Regarding Posting of QR Codes by Commercial Cannabis Retail Licensees
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) is encouraging retailers open to the public to post a QR Code certificate that consumers may scan with their smartphone camera when visiting a commercial cannabis storefront retailer to confirm licensure. Participation in this effort by retail licensees will assist consumers in purchasing legal cannabis goods. Licensees are also encouraged to educate their customers on how to use the QR Code and the importance of shopping at a licensed retailer. The Bureau is providing licensees with an enlarged version of their individual QR Code (QR Code certificate). Storefront cannabis retailers are encouraged to assist the public by prominently displaying their QR Code certificate on the licensed premises in the following manner:

• The QR Code certificate should be visible and scannable from outside the premises.

• The QR Code certificate should be printed on paper not less than 8 ½” by 11”.

• The QR Code itself should not be less than 3.75” by 3.75”.

• The QR Code should be posted in the front window of the licensed premises or in a locked display case mounted on the outside wall of the licensed premises within three (3) feet of any public entrance to the licensed facility.

• The QR Code should be posted in a manner that is clearly visible from outside of the licensed premises by all persons entering the premises and shall be of sufficient clarity that the code can be read by a smartphone or device capable of reading QR Codes from a distance of at least three (3) feet.

Consumers can confirm that the retail location is properly licensed by using a phone camera or QR Code app to scan the QR Code certificate. Once scanned, the consumer will automatically link to a URL that confirms the cannabis retailer’s license status. The website will display the address and business license of the location to ensure that the retailer at that location is licensed. By providing commercial cannabis consumers with an easy method for verifying licensure status, the Bureau and its licensees can work together to reduce the potential risks that may come from the purchase of non-compliant cannabis goods from unlicensed retailers.

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Long Beach to Lower Cannabis Taxes for Non-Storefront Businesses
Long Beach to Lower Cannabis Taxes for Non-Storefront Businesses

The Long Beach City Council has voted to lower the tax rate for cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, distributors and testing labs from 6% to 1%.

 Although this new rate won’t come into effect until an ordinance is created, many cannabis business owners are starting to feel more at ease after months of lobbying for lower taxes.

The City Council purposely left retail taxes out of the picture. By lowering the taxes of other cannabis business sectors, cannabis dispensaries will pass on less product costs to their customers. This will give the Long Beach legal cannabis market time to establish itself and outgrow the black-market shops.

As of August 2019, the city had received 618 cannabis business applications, in which only 106 of those had been issued a business license. Hundreds of facilities remain under construction, under building plan review or pending building plants or initial zoning review.

At 6%, Long Beach currently holds one of the highest taxes for any non-storefront cannabis business. Even Los Angeles holds a 2% tax on cultivation on manufacturing and cultivation and 1% on distribution and lab testing.

The city’s cannabis revenue will drop a few hundred thousand dollars, but this will depend on how many cannabis businesses the city allows to open its doors.

The ordinance will be drafted in the next coming months and will not go into effect until the city council approves it twice and at least 30 days have passed after the mayor signs it into law.