After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what's next?

After California pot stockpiles go up in smoke, what's next?
HOLD FOR STORY MOVING SAT for SUN AMs FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, a customer purchases marijuana at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland, Calif. California's marijuana industry has been living off borrowed time _ most sales being made in the state's new legal market involve cannabis stockpiled by retailers last year. The transition to new weed is coming with an array of rules and testing and questions about whether it will get to store shelves. (AP Photo/Mathew Sumner, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Customers are lining up to buy legal marijuana in California, but there are already concerns about keeping enough pot on the shelves.

Santa Cruz County dispensary CEO Bryce Berryessa says he’s having a hard time finding some brands, because smaller producers haven’t been able to obtain licenses.

He says if those businesses can’t find money to relocate to a pot-friendly community where they can obtain a license, they won’t be able to sell their products in the legal market.

Operators are required to have state and local licenses to conduct business, but must get the local one first.

Meanwhile, stockpiles built up by retail shops before legal sales started on Jan. 1 will eventually run out.

Officials say it’s too soon to judge if the supply chain is working.