When Californians legalized weed in 2016, the law stated that the state of California must create a system to regulate and tax weed cultivation, distribution, and sale.

The regulated market consists of all businesses that are licensed to cultivate, product, manufacture, ship, and sell cannabis in California.

The unregulated market, also known as the traditional market or black market, involves people trafficking in cannabis who are not licensed.

Buying weed from the regulated market means that it is safe, tested, and produced by licensed facilities.