Until I received my Recommendation, having to "pick up" was limited for me. I never really knew what I was smoking, yet every time I took the gamble, my dealer used an under the doormat system. I would tell him how many grams I wanted and -depending on how he felt, I would get a price. After the order, he would place the "goods" under a doormat monitored by a camera. Some days there would be multiple orders from different people under the mat - at which point we'd get instructions on where underneath to pick it up since the packages were already placed there. I was always worried about whether or not I got what I payed for and thought, "For all I know, some other person could have grabbed my order". That thought later proved to be true since someone I knew mentioned to me that they once grabbed both bags under the mat.
Changes in the Cannabis industry are occurring all the time to help prevent these fear filled experiences and allowing the industry to evolve in a safer and more ethical manner of business practices as well as giving buyers transparency and corporate responsibility. Although January 1st is the day Recreational Cannabis Sales become legal, California will still abide by the transition laws until July 1st. This is to prevent a shortage of supply in California while companies and laboratories are still trying to get certified. Under this transitional period, any Cannabis products that existed before 1/1/2018 can still be brought into the market and sold as long as they claim the product has not been tested or properly packaged. The day for widespread lab tested Cannabis products is still a ways away.