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Jimi Devine, Leafly

California’s millions of weed smokers should see test scores come down a noticeable amount this year. But fear not—the weed remains as strong as ever.

State officials have begun reigning in the pernicious practice of “THC score inflation” in 2024 all across the state. In January, the Department of Cannabis Control started enforcing new rules that make all labs test the same way. So no more suspect “40% THC” scores on flowers, and that’s a good thing.

And then over the last year, it’s just gotten to a point where it’s just, straight up, I hear stories about salespeople at some of the labs that will just be like, ‘Hey, what numbers do you need on these?’ And it’s hitting that number…It’s gotten to the point where only a handful labs that aren’t doing this stuff are around

Josh Wurzer, Cofounder and Chief Compliance Officer, SC Labs

You can already start to see the more accurate THC numbers hitting shelves. Instead of a “35% THC” or “30% THC” on a jar, you might see “25% THC” or “20% THC.” Since the turn of the year, there has been a noticeable dip at the retail level. Most of the stuff that still has crazy numbers is the leftovers from the…