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482 California Cities Oppose Plan to Allow Pot Delivery in Areas Where Storefronts Are Banned

An airplane descends to land at Los Angeles International Airport above a billboard advertising the marijuana delivery service Eaze on July 12, 2018. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)



California cities on Monday objected to a state proposal that would allow marijuana delivery to homes in areas where storefront pot sales have been banned locally.

The changes, which are being considered by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control, “will undermine a city’s ability to effectively regulate cannabis at the local level,” said Charles Harvey, a legislative representative for the League of California Cities, in a letter to the bureau.

The cities group, which represents the state’s 482 municipalities, supports other changes to clarify the rules of Proposition 64, which was approved by voters in 2016 and allows the growing and sale of marijuana for recreational use.

The cannabis agency is holding public hearings on the proposed changes this month,including one on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

West Covina City Councilman Walt Allen said the delivery rule change is “inappropriate” and goes beyond the bureau’s authority. City officials say delivery services involving marijuana are likely to result in an increase in sometimes violent robberies.

Cities that have banned pot sales have interpreted the existing state rule as allowing them to take action against deliveries in their jurisdictions.

But the bureau has always interpreted the state law differently, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the bureau.

“The [proposed] regulations clarify that a licensed retailer who performs delivery may deliver to any jurisdiction within the state of California,” Traverso said Monday.

Legislation to clarify that deliveries can be made statewide recently failed to pass the state Senate because of opposition.

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Published: August 13, 2018

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