By John Schroyer
A new niche sector within the larger marijuana industry is developing in California: independent distribution firms that don’t produce their own cannabis products.
Such companies – which often act as inventory clearinghouses for existing dispensaries and other plant-touching businesses – are a relatively new phenomenon in California.
“It has ramped up in a formal sense,” said Lauren Fraser, the founding director of the Cannabis Distribution Association (CDA), which was established in 2016 as a wing of the California Growers Association.
The distribution sector has emerged due to changes to the state’s cannabis market