Lawsuit Aims to Nip Pot Deliveries in the Bud

No cities in Santa Barbara or Ventura counties are among the more than two dozen municipalities that have sued California cannabis regulators to prevent deliveries to towns that don’t want now-legal pot deliveries. 

After Californians approved a referendum in 2016 that made recreational marijuana sales legal, some retailers began plans to deliver in such towns as Santa Maria and Ventura, which have banned pot. 

The lawsuit was filed last week in Fresno County Superior Court by Beverly Hills, Santa Cruz County, the cities of Agoura Hills, Angels Camp, Arcadia, Atwater, Ceres, Clovis, Covina, Dixon, Downey, McFarland, Newman, Oakdale, Palmdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Riverside, San Pablo, Sonora, Tehachapi, Temecula, Tracy, Turlock and Vacaville. 

The suit pits the power of the state vs. local control. However, some civic leaders even in Santa Barbara have said local governments should follow “the will of the people” who voted for Prop. 64 to legalize pot sales. 

The California Bureau of Cannabis Control wrote the delivery rule, which went into effect in January. All cannabis deliveries must be done by employees of a licensed retailer and there are 311 state licenses to deliver marijuana. 

Police oppose the pot deliveries along with the California League of Cities. 

Cannabis supporters said deliveries are vital because the elderly and sick will have to find a way to travel to dispensaries that are not close to their homes.

Posted April 9, 2019.

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