Home Cannabis Deliveries Approved in California

Home Cannabis Deliveries Approved in California

Recreational marijuana sales have been legal in California for a full year now, but some people in communities where commercial dispensaries have been banned do not have easy, reliable access to legal products. That is going to change now that a new regulation was enacted to officially allow home deliveries throughout the Golden State, even into the areas where retail dispensaries are not permitted to operate.

The new rule, handed down from the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, clarifies what was set forth when voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016. Proposition 64 allows local governments to decide whether commercial marijuana shops are allowed in each district, but it does not give them the power to “prevent delivery of cannabis or cannabis products on public roads.”

Until now, delivery companies operating legally within an approved area, for example, have not been willing to deliver outside of the district in which they operate for fear of prosecution.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control is simply clarifying that cannabis may be delivered to “any jurisdiction within the state of California,” as long as it is transported by a person with a valid operating license. “The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” cannabis bureau spokesman Alex Traverso said in a statement.

Those in Favor

Consumers and cannabis delivery companies have been fighting for the right to make and receive home deliveries since so many areas of the state chose to ban retail dispensaries. Consumers are left without local shops from which to make purchases. All residents have the legal right to buy marijuana, but so many are effectively cut off from being able to exercise that right.

The Opposition

Police chiefs were reportedly among those against the rule permitting home deliveries. According to critics, this will open a new space for black market transactions, decreasing or even eliminating the state’s regulations on product quality as well as collection of tax dollars.

United States Postal Service Workers Busted For Marijuana

United States Postal Service Workers Busted For Marijuana

Eight United States Postal Service workers from a facility in Bethpage, NY are in custody today for intercepting and stealing mailed packages of marijuana.

Over 129 pounds of cannabis was recovered from this operation, but that was just a portion of what was intercepted from over 260 marijuana packages that have been processed at the Long Island Priority Mail sorting plant since May of this year.

Federal investigators were first clued in to this operation because of three large, empty packages that were left in the backyard of an abandoned house. Those empty boxes were tracked back to the Bethpage facility where packages of this size are processed and sorted in a alarm-protected part of the plant. When law enforcement investigated further, it was uncovered that the alarm had been disabled for months.

Luckily for investigators, the facility was equipped with security cameras, and all footage was readily available. The security videos clearly displayed the eight facility employees removing the packages from the plant after working hours.

The intercepted packages were reportedly originating mostly from California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon, and obviously the senders did not report their illegal marijuana packages stolen.


photo credit: Aljazeera

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