California’s New Cannabis Rules Prohibit Drone Deliveries

Some form of legalized marijuana exist in twenty-six states and the District of Columbia.

Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational use of cannabis

California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Other tax and licensing provisions of the law will not take effect until January 2018.

California was the first to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. And this isn’t the first time California voters have had pot questions on their ballot: A decriminalization measure appeared on the ballot in 1972 and full legalization in 2010. Both were narrowly defeated.

California Delivery Rules

Some existing medicinal cannabis dispensaries in California offer delivery of cannabis and cannabis products to qualified patients. Deliveries are typically made by automobile, although some delivery personnel may use bicycles or make deliveries on foot, particularly in urban areas. Some storefront dispensaries offer delivery services as a servi ce to patients. Other existing cannabis dispensaries in California are delivery‐only businesses, without a brick‐and‐mortar storefront property. These are often referred to as “mobile” dispensaries. Under Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), retailers, microbusinesses, and nonprofit licensees may offer delivery services to qualified customers.

While retailers may operate delivery‐only businesses (i.e. no storefront retail operations), those retailers must have a licensed physical premises. The licensed premises is not required to be open to the public. Deliveries must be made by employees of the licensed business and only with the use of an enclosed motor vehicle equipped with an operational global positioning system (GPS) device. Deliveries may be made only to physical addresses within California and may not be made to addresses on publicly owned land.

Transportation by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles is prohibited.

California’s New Cannabis Rules Prohibit Drone Deliveries was last modified: September 10th, 2017 by Contributor