California’s Illegal Cannabis Industry Three Times Bigger Than Regulated Market

It has been nearly three years since California voters overwhelmingly approved a measure legalizing recreational marijuana use, opening the door for boutique pot shops and cannabis bakeries. But a report this week found that the state’s illicit market is still plenty active in its own right.

In fact, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Cannabis Business Association that was reported on by the Los Angeles Times, California’s marijuana illicit market is three times larger than the regulated industry established by the 2016 referendum. The audit found that there remains about 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services throughout the state, compared with only 873 licensed marijuana dealers. 

The figures were highlighted as part of an effort by the United Cannabis Business Association, which represents licensed pot dealers in California, to crack down on Weedmaps, an app that allows users to locate dispensaries near them. 

The group contends that Weedmaps is still rife with listings for illicit marijuana dispensaries, despite the company’s pledge to remove them from the app. 

In a letter Wednesday to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), United Cannabis Business Association president Jerred Kiloh called on regulators to enforce Assembly Bill 97, legislation passed and signed this

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