California Cities Filed Lawsuit Against Marijuana Home Deliveries
So far, twenty-four cities and one county in California are suing the state in an effort to prohibit cannabis product delivery to their community residents without a local permit.
Fresno County Superior Court received the lawsuit filing on Friday, highlighting the disapproval of the January 2019 ruling the Bureau of Cannabis Control placed into effect. This ruling allows licensed cannabis companies to make their marijuana home deliveries all throughout California, effectively allowing them to get past harsh city regulations.
Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall is quoted in a news release that announces the lawsuit as saying, “Each community should be able to decide on their own how they chose to deal with the legalization of marijuana.”
But is that really fair?
With all of the hoops cannabis businesses have had to jump through to make legalization work for them, is it really fair to allow another group of policymakers to intrude upon these flourishing business opportunities?
But the cities are still arguing that they should have control over how cannabis home deliveries occur within their boundaries. They’d like to force the companies to get local permits before allowing them to perform home deliveries for the herbal products.
This isn’t so hard to believe, especially when considering the fact that the California Highway Patrol is still arresting marijuana delivery drivers.
Carolyn Coleman, the executive director of the League of California Cities, is quoted as saying, “By disregarding local governments’ reasonable authority on cannabis deliveries, the BCC has imposed a one-size-fits-all approach to cannabis regulation.”
But isn’t this what should be happening? The efforts the industry is putting towards facilitating distribution are what keeps Californians purchasing their buds from reputable businesses as opposed to the black-market dealers that formerly dominated the industry.
Sure, state regulation might be a little lenient. But making it more difficult for businesses to operate legitimately has the potential to damage the success of a state-regulated cannabis industry.
What do you think?