State bureau launches campaign to help consumers identify licensed cannabis retailers

Posted at 5:19 PM, Dec 19, 2019

California marijuana users can now use their smartphones to find out if a dispensary is legit.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control announced a program Thursday encouraging licensed cannabis retailers to post QR codes in their store windows.

The checkerboard codes can be scanned by a cell phone camera, linking the reader to the bureau's Online License Search.

Bureau Chief Lori Ajax says that will help users determine whether their store is carrying products that are "tracked, tested, and legal."

California has been struggling to deal with illegal pot operations, where consumers can avoid taxes that can approach 50% in some communities.

People without a QR code-enabled phone can also check a retailer's license information by visiting the Bureau's license search tool at