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Hold a License In LA? You’re Going to Want to Read This.

The maze of cannabis regulations is easy to navigate... when you have the right perspective.

The city of Los Angeles has proposed and approved new emergency cannabis regulations in a matter of days... They probably impact your business. 

To make sure you’re in compliance, keep scrolling (& if you haven’t already, talk with an expert who really knows what they're doing)


The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) launched a new QR code campaign mid-December in an attempt to help the community easily identify legal retailers using their smartphones. 

As of February 13th, retailers must have the QR code printed on paper, glass or metal no smaller than 8.5” x 11” on the front window within 3 feet of the entrance to the licensed premises. The image of the code itself has to be at least 3.75” by 3.75” and clear enough to be scan-able from 3 feet away. 

If you’re feeling extra, mount yours in a locked display case, shine some lights on it and celebrate the fact that you’re legal

Few retailers are. 


If you didn’t already know, only the distribution license owner or their employees are allowed to legally transport cannabis goods - nothing new there. 

But now, prior to transporting, an invoice or receipt must be completed and only the product stated in that document may be transported. This can not be altered once transport has begun and yes, multiple shipments are allowed. 

Also, non-cannabis goods are not allowed to be transported along with canna-goods unless they are canna-accessories and/or the licensees’ branded merchandise or promo materials.

All cannabis products have to be kept in a locked box, container, or cage that is attached to the inside of the trunk of the vehicle or trailer so that it can’t be visible or identifiable from the outside. In addition, the vehicle or trailer has to carry a motor carrier permit and (at the bare minimum) have an alarm installed. Added features such as motion detectors and pressure switches are definitely recommended. 

This last piece – be sure to lock and secure the vehicle or trailer if you have to step away from it. Oh, and never -ever- leave a vehicle unattended in a residential area or left overnight. 

After all, would you want to risk giving a thief the opportunity to break-in?

Even though it’s 2020, you still can’t transport cannabis goods through aircraft, watercraft, drone, rail, or human-powered or unmanned vehicles - so don’t think about it. 

But, there is one exception. 

Because the only way to get to Catalina Island is through watercraft (or small plane), licensed distributors can move cannabis goods to licensees located on the island. 

Cannabis goods can also be transported by foot, hand truck, fork lift or other similar means only if the receiving licensed premises is located within the same building or parcel of land as the licensed premises transporting the goods. 

Just make sure your t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted because, as stated in the new regulations, “every vehicle used to transport cannabis goods are subject to inspection by the Bureau at any licensed premises or during transport at any time.


If you have an active cannabis retail delivery license or are a driver operating under one, here’s what you need to know: 

  1. Unless it’s for rest, to get gas or auto repairs, don’t change your course
  2. Common sense again - don’t open or temper with any cannabis goods you’re delivering. 
  3. Always have: 1. a copy of your appropriate cannabis business license and QR code certificate, 2. your government-issued ID, & 3. your employer-issued ID badge when delivering cannabis goods. 

For clarity, a delivery begins when the driver has left licensed premises en route to destination(s) and ends when driver has arrived back. 

All drivers must be directly employed by a licensed retailer, be over the age of 21, and  all deliveries must be made in-person in order to confirm the customer’s identification and age. 

Along with making sure these rules are met by the driver, licensed retailers must also keep a detailed and accurate log of delivery employees just in case the Bureau decides to ask for it…

Because they will. 


For the exact language used in the new emergency regulations, you can access them here:

Licensees, this is just another shift in the landscape of this ever-evolving industry - keep up the good work.

Researched & Written by Carol Carranza

Carol is an industry veteran with experience in cannabis industry real estate, retail and marketing strategy. This is her first contribution to and we couldn't be happier to have her onboard. 

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