Editor's Note
A California cannabis dispensary has agreed to pay $40,000 after failing to provide sufficient state-mandated warning information about potentially cancer-causing substances in products. The dispensary also will hold an educational event to ensure other cannabis businesses in the county understand how to comply with California’s Proposition 65. AHPA provides free guidance on this issue and other cannabis-related issues on its Cannabis Committee web page.
Santa Rosa cannabis dispensary Sonoma Patient Group has agreed to pay $40,000 in fines and civil penalties for not providing sufficient state-mandated warning information about potentially cancer-causing substances in products at its Cleveland Avenue retail store, Sonoma County District Attorney officials said.

In a settlement reached with prosecutors May 10, the dispensary also will hold an educational event to ensure other cannabis businesses in the county understand how to comply with the California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65, which requires businesses provide clear warnings to consumers about substances that could cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The case started in 2017 with a complaint from the Sacramento-based Center for Advanced Public Awareness, a private consumer safety company that looks for Proposition 65 violations.