On February 10th, 2020

State Investigators Target Unlicensed Cannabis Retailers in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD –The California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC ) and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Cannabis Enforcement Unit (CEU) conducted enforcement action on three unlicensed cannabis retailers operating in Bakersfield on February 4-5, 2020.

CEU served a search warrant at “The Cannabliss”, seizing $177,000 in cannabis products and 535 illicit vape cartridges.  Additionally, CEU also served search warrants afternoon on “Knotts Collective” and “Backyard Organics”, seizing $483,000 in cannabis products and vape cartridges.

“State investigators are working to protect licensed business owners as well as consumers with these enforcement operations,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  “This is new territory for state investigators and they are working to educate and enforce the law.”

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office assisted with serving all three of the search warrants.

All commercial cannabis activity in California must be conducted on a premise with a valid license issued by the appropriate state cannabis licensing authority. Manufacturing, distributing or selling cannabis goods without a state license or at a location that is not licensed is a violation of state law.

To file a complaint regarding illegal cannabis activity, click here – https://bcc.ca.gov/consumers/file_complaint.html.

Consumers can also verify a cannabis retailer's license by scanning their QR code or visiting CApotcheck.com.

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