Despite Local Government Objections, California Moves Ahead With Statewide Cannabis Deliveries

The Bureau of Cannabis Control, the state Department of Food and Agriculture, and the state Department of Public Health released the final draft of regulations governing commercial marijuana on Friday. By far, its most controversial component is one that would allow marijuana delivery services statewide, regardless of any objections from affected cities and counties. Local government advocates and public safety agencies, including the League of California Cities and the California Police Chiefs Association, have been working around the clock to convince state regulators to forgo this idea. They don’t appear to be listening.

Though the cannabis industry has been supportive of the statewide delivery idea, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine for them either. It seems there’s something for everyone to hate in the hundreds of pages of new rules.

There are “so many regulations in there that are just oppressive and difficult,” Debby Goldsberry, executive director of the cannabis shop Magnolia Oakland, wrote on her Facebook page. “It’s confusing, overcomplicated, overbearing, and ultimately unenforceable.”

Former California Growers Association President Hezekiah Allen said newer businesses will bear the brunt of those burdens.

“For businesses that have not yet been able to obtain a license, the target seems to be getting further away, and the prospects for success more elusive,” he told Leafly. “This is problematic, as a vast majority of businesses in the state have not yet been licensed." 

The public has until Nov. 5 to weigh in on the proposed regulations. There’s also a chance that the courts could step in and quash the statewide delivery plan. Cities and police agencies have said they may sue to prevent the provision from being implemented.

Want to submit your comments on the proposed regulations? Learn how here