California, the largest state in the U.S. to have legalized marijuana, is having a tough time building the infrastructure for their new cannabis industry. While medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996, recreational marijuana wasn’t passed until the 2016 vote. The recreational market has had an array of issues getting up and running so a meeting was held a few weeks ago in Los Angeles to discuss some of these concerns. Cannabis business owners, industry lawyers, activists and consumers talked with California’s marijuana regulator, Lori Pax, about the issues. The concerns were far reaching, including complaints about the lack of licenses, processes for marijuana testing, big business pushing out smaller companies and delivery services for those outside of an area with banned local marijuana sales.
Since then, added complications have been factored into the equation. The Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) has proposed a rule that would allow licensed dispensaries and delivery services to allow the companies to deliver to areas that have banned physical marijuana sales. The BCC are stating the law on the subject already exists. The law allows any licensed company to deliver to “any jurisdiction within the state.” Now the California Police Chiefs Association have joined the League of California Cities and United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council to make a website and launch a campaign to block this rule. Their website, called Stop Wandering Weed, shows a group of children excitedly running to a delivery truck as it pulls up to their school.
Intent of Delivery Services
Fortunately, the image is fantasy since licensed delivery services are still held to the same level of compliance of the law to which any retail store would be subject. Pulling up to any school would be illegal and buyers would need to show valid ID and have it recorded. The delivery services are intended for those who are elderly, sick or unable to access a store. The group intend on fighting the implementation of this new rule.
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Published: September 06, 2018
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