Nearly one-fifth of Californians are still buying marijuana from black market, study finds

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Some cannabis consumers are still buying their products on a criminal level, despite California’s newly regulated legal market.

A report published by the Bay Area-based cannabis delivery company Eaze found that 18 percent of California’s marijuana consumers are buying from unlicensed suppliers, reports Marijuana Moment.

The report comes over a month after California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) implemented a list of guidelines that all legal distributors must meet in order to sell products legally.

The move towards a regulated market has also left few legitimate products on the shelves of lawfully-run shops at the moment.

“High prices, taxes, and lack of access to legal cannabis continues to fuel a thriving illicit market,” says the Eaze report. “Simply stated, California has done a good job of telling consumers that cannabis is legal but has a long way to go in making it easy to get safe, legal and affordable cannabis.”

The eaze report was conducted July 6-12 by New Jersey-based Marketview Research Group. They collected responses from 1,419 California marijuana consumers and…

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