Everyone who is 21 years old or older can buy cannabis products from Empire legally. Just make sure you bring a government-issued identification (e.g. drivers license, passport, etc).

At Empire, our concierge members receive special benefits including:

  • Front of the line access
  • Designated parking spot
  • Concierge attendant
  • Call ahead service
  • Exclusive access to private events
  • 2% off every purchase
  • Customized Concierge card

Concierge members are given a private number they can call to let us know when they will be arriving to one of our dispensaries. Upon arrival, a private concierge attendant will meet them out front and give the member a personalized, one on one shopping experience using their expertise.

 

To become a member and maintain membership:

  • Spend over $500 in one purchase
  • Spend at least $250 each time you use our concierge service perks.

 

If you’re new to cannabis, we encourage you to do the following:

  1. View our product selection on the online menu that corresponds to the Empire location of your choice, and
  2. Visit a Empire location in-person to speak to our team of helpful cannabis consultants. They are there to help advise you on selecting the product that will best suit your needs.

THC stand for Tetrahydrocannabinoid and it is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that causes feelings of euphoria. People who seek to induce euphoric sensations seek the products with the most THC (THC+); people seeking to minimize the psychoactive effect of the plant, seek lowest levels of THC (THC-)

THCA is a precursor to THC and it is listed as a reference. Many dispensaries list only one of these values (THCA) to inflate the perception that their medicine has more THC than accurate. We list both values to avoid confusion.

CBD is a different Cannabinoid than THC and has no psychoactive properties. In fact, medicine containing high levels of CBD will prevent the euphoric sensations caused by THC and it is preferred by patients who wish to avoid those sensations. Many states only allow the use of CBD cannabis.

All legal cannabis stores are obligated to charge sales and excise tax due to cannabis being a specialty product. Excise tax is a required tax equaling 15% of your overall purchase, this is to ensure consumers receive a thoroughly tested and reviewed product from outside companies that ensure their safety.

For example, the tax on tobacco products is upwards of 20%, when you do the comparison tax on cannabis related products, 15% extra to receive a state confirmed safe product can be considered beneficial.

Effective January 1, 2018, a 15 percent excise tax is imposed upon retail purchasers of all cannabis and cannabis products, including medicinal cannabis and distributors are required to calculate and collect the amount of excise tax due on the cannabis or cannabis products they supply to them. The 15 percent excise tax is calculated based on the average market price from the retail sale. As a retailer, we are required to pay the cannabis excise tax to our distributor and collect the cannabis excise tax from our customers. No cannabis and/or cannabis products may be sold unless the cannabis excise tax is paid by the purchasers (consumers) at the time of sale.

More information here: https://www.cdtfa.ca.gov/industry/cannabis.htm

 

Adult Use Regulations (as of Jan. 1, 2018)

California’s cannabis “adult-use” rules began on January 1, 2018 and gives everyone from around the world, who is 21 years old or older, the ability to buy cannabis without a doctor’s medical recommendation.

No. You only need a government-issued identification card showing that you are 21 years old or over to purchase cannabis products from Empire. However, if you have a state-issued Medical Cannabis Patient Identification Card (issued by the California Department of Health Services), you won’t have to pay California state sales tax (although the excise tax and city tax still apply).

You must bring a designation of caregiver form written by the patient’s treating physician. When placing a pickup order with us please ensure that you place the order in the patients name and inform your pick up associate that you are the Caregiver.

California state law allows adult-use customers to purchase up to one ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis flower, eight grams of concentrated cannabis, and six clones (immature plants) per day.

Medical Use customers can purchase up to eight ounces of flower, eight grams of concentrated cannabis, and 12 clones (immature plants) per day.

For adult-use sales, no single edible package can contain more than 100mg of THC. Edible products must also contain no more than 10mg THC per serving.

No. Most public spaces prohibit smoking or vaping cannabis products. This includes Empires parking lot.

You can carry one ounce of non-concentrated cannabis (flower) and eight grams of concentrated cannabis.

You can gift one ounce of non-concentrated cannabis (flower) and eight grams of concentrated cannabis at one time.

No. Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and dangerous.

Are you 21 years or older?