Legalization: What to Expect at BPG

January 1st, 2018

Serving Everyone

In November 2016, voters in California overwhelmingly supported and passed Proposition 64, the legalization of cannabis. On January 1, BPG will begin providing products and services to both medical patients and adult consumers over 21.


See below for a brief overview of how these changes may affect you.



If you are over 21 years old, you will check in at the door with your government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license, passport or military service card.


Membership Has Its Privileges

Although not required, you are highly encouraged to become a member of BPG.

Members will receive special discounts, promotions and rewards throughout the year. Members will also receive common discounts – such as 10% off for seniors and veterans – without presenting ID.

You can become a member in store or online at Registration is free and you can opt out at any time.

BPG Membership
Members of the BPG Family receive 2.5% rewards on every purchase.


Patients and Caregivers

Patients are required to register at the reception desk, and must provide a valid letter of recommendation from a licensed physician and/or a California Medical Marijuana Identification Card (MMIC). Distinct from adult-use customers, patients have additional privileges.

Under 21
Patients 18 years old or older may enter BPG and receive services. Patients under 18 years old may receive services via a parent or legal guardian, but may not enter BPG.

Patients may assign a caregiver to purchase medicine on their behalf. Patients under 18 years old may only assign a parent or legal guardian as their caregiver.

Higher Purchase Limits
Patients and caregivers may purchase larger quantities of cannabis and cannabis products than adult use customers. (see below)

Tax Exemption
Patients who have a valid MMIC will be eligible for exemption from California Sales Tax for each transaction. (see below)

Helping Hands Program
Helping Hands is a needs-based care program for medical cannabis patients. You must be a patient with a valid MMIC to be eligible for this program.

Members of our Helping Hands Program must obtain an MMIC from the state.


Purchase Limits

Adults and patients have different daily purchase limits under the new law:

It should be noted that these limitations, in addition to the taxes listed below, are subject to change during or after the transitionary period, which ends June 30, 2018.



All cannabis and cannabis products will have the following taxes applied to each transaction:

Cannabis Taxes

Berkeley Patients Group will cover the 2.5% Berkeley Medical Tax for patients and MMIC holders with valid documentation.

Taxes may be aggregated on the sales receipt to reflect the total tax. Non-cannabis items for sale are only subject to sales tax.

If you are a Berkeley citizen and would like to fight for lower tax rates in your community, please attend the next Berkeley City Council meeting to give public comment. This is your right!

To learn how to obtain a Medical Marijuana Identification Card, please click here.


Express Line

Our Express Line is now reserved for pick up orders only. This service is free and exclusive to BPG members. Conveniently place your order by phone at 510-540-6013 ext 3, or online at

There are no service fees or minimum order requirements. Your order will be packaged and waiting for you when you arrive.

Members can order for Express Pick Up at


Vending Machine

As another way to beat the line, BPG will now offer a vending machine stocked with some of our most popular products. Pay the same price you would at the register and skip the line.


Changes in Our Product Mix

At BPG, we have grown accustomed to offering a broad range of high-quality, affordable products from our member providers. Due to the new requirements of state law, we may not be able to carry some of these products after January 1.

We remain committed to sourcing excellent products to fit the needs and tastes of our entire BPG Family.


Exit Bags

Starting in 2018, all cannabis and cannabis-infused products must be contained within child-resistant packaging. Until all of our suppliers fully comply with this regulation, BPG will place all purchased cannabis and cannabis products within child-resistant exit bags. This satisfies the legal requirement and serves to keep these products out of curious hands.


Make Your Voice Heard

Don’t like the new laws? Change them! These regulations were released in late November 2017 and are effective through July of 2018. The state will commence final rule-making process in early 2018.

Sign up to stay informed on those developments at

If you have questions, please reach out to us at


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