'Weed Apocalypse' hits California as dealers slash prices by up to 70% ahead of ...

A 'Weed Apocalypse' hit California this weekend as new, tighter regulations go into affect Sunday, six months after recreational marijuana use was made legal.

Dispensaries have been scrambling to unload now-non-compliant products by slashing prices over the last few months and making a last ditch effort on what was dubbed 'Green Saturday' this weekend.

Customers flooded fire sales to stock up on marijuana ahead of the new regulations which are expected to increase prices among dispensaries and black market dealers alike.

The new regulations from California's Bureau of Cannabis Control will require shops to sell only marijuana that has been tested for pesticides, potency and microbiological contaminants.

The government-approved pot will be sealed in child-resistant packaging and marked with a harvest and 'best use ' date.  

Only 19 of the 31 testing labs listed on the Bureau of Cannabis Control website are operational, which has made it difficult for shops to meet the deadline. 

The shortage of testing facilities created a bottleneck in the supply of compliant marijuana that could drive customers to the black market.

However, the bureau claims that business owners had plenty of time to prepare for the regulations to go into effect. 

'We issued our emergency regulations back in November, and at that time, we were pretty clear about the fact that there would be a six-month transition period for retailers to use up their existing supply,' bureau spokesman Alex Traverso told Reuters. 

'We felt that was a sufficient amount of time to deplete stock on hand and adapt to California´s

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