California is one of the states that has regulated cannabis for both medical and recreational uses. This means that a weed delivery service is also allowed to operate in the state. However, emergency regulations had to be put in place for this and those restricted the areas in which these delivery services were allowed to operate. As a result, there were many clients that had a medical or recreational need for marijuana but that would not be able to access them. Essentially, while the state allowed both medical and recreational use of the substance, different localities were able to determine for themselves whether or not they would agree with that. This is now in the process of changing.
Proposed Changes to a Weed Delivery Service
Emergency regulations were put in place but permanent regulations are now being proposed. The public still has some time to respond to these proposals, but it looks as if they will be accepted. Various hearings have been and continue to be held across the state so that everybody can have a voice in the matter.
In the past, the regulations stipulated that it wasn’t possible for cities to forbid a legal marijuana delivery service from passing through their towns. Some municipalities interpreted this as that they were forced to make a stop. Others interpreted this as they were allowed to drive through, but were not allowed to stop. This law clearly required more clarification and the proposal is now that all legal delivery drivers are allowed to both drive through and stop in any jurisdiction in the state.
This is a huge win for those who are in the cannabis delivery business. Before these proposals, local areas had a lot of control over what could and could not enter their localities. This caused significant economic damage to legal operators, while also stopping patients with a medical need for cannabis from accessing the products that could help them. As a result, it should now be possible for people who have a medical need for cannabis to access it, regardless of where they live. However, already, this is raising some questions in terms of age and whether those under the age of 18 may be able to access marijuana so long as they have a prescription.
Overall, however, California legislators believe that the proposed changes will make it much easier for everybody within the industry to become compliant to the rules, which in turn will have a positive economic impact on the industry itself. Additionally, it will ensure those who currently operate in the black market to change and start to contribute legally to the production and sale of cannabis. The state does accept that there remains a lot of work to be done. However, overall, it should lead to a significant crackdown on illegal operations, which is of benefit to all involved.
California continues to be a model state for others not just in this country but also abroad.