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California bill to block home delivery of cannabis sidelined for year

Different types of marijuana sit on display at Harborside marijuana dispensary in Oakland. A bill that would have allowed cities to block home deliveries stalled this week. (Mathew Sumner / Associated Press)

A state bill that would have allowed cities to prohibit home deliveries of marijuana has been sidelined for the year amid concerns that doing so would further hamper California’s lagging market for cannabis.

The action comes just days after 24 cities including Beverly Hills, Riverside and Covina filed a lawsuit against the state, asking the courts to invalidate a California regulation put in place earlier this year that allows home deliveries statewide, including in cities that bar pot shops.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) will decide later whether to revive his proposal next year, he said Wednesday, a day after the Assembly Business and Professions Committee deadlocked on the bill with a 7-7 vote and it failed to pass.

“I actually think they are wrong on the policy,” Cooley said of colleagues who voted against his bill or abstained.

Industry officials and some legislators said the measure would limit access to marijuana for consumers, including those who have medical marijuana prescriptions for illnesses.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) was among those who voted against the bill, noting that few cities, including his hometown, allow retail sales.

“But all around us are these deserts of people who can’t get access,” McCarty said. “For people who are driving … 50, 60, 100 miles to go from their residence to Sacramento [to buy cannabis], it just doesn’t seem fair.”

Cooley sought to win over skeptics on the bill by including enforcement grants for cities that allow retail stores.

He said voters were told local control would be preserved when they approved Proposition 64, the 2016 ballot measure that allowed state licensing of cannabis farms and stores.

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1 Comment
  • john ward
    April 13, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    . Local communities can ban a licensed cannabis delivery service in their city, But only the companies within their borders. Prop 64 has specific language that allows delivery businesses access to all California roads. They also cannot ban residents from cultivating personal cannabis or smoking it. These are not changes. For some reason, these cities/towns would prefer the black market have a free pass.
    Prop 64 won by a landslide-57.13% It’s time to move on. While I’ve never been to some of these places, I bet they sell far more dangerous products than cannabis. Sure tobacco and alcohol are a given, but how about sugar and sugar products. Recent studies have shown that sugar is now responsible for more deaths than tobacco and alcohol combined. Yet we display sugar products at children’s eye level, even package it to attract children. Maybe these folks have other reasons for preferring black market operators to legal companies!
    Is there a list of these places? after all it’s free enterprise now! Still time to get the best street corners before they fill up.

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