By Associated Press
(AP) — California endorsed a rule this week that will allow home marijuana deliveries statewide by dispensaries, even into communities that have banned commercial marijuana sales.
The regulation by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control was opposed by police chiefs and other critics who predict it will create an unruly market of largely hidden pot transactions, while undercutting control by cities and counties.
Cannabis companies and consumers had pushed for the change, since vast stretches of the state have banned commercial pot activity or not set up rules to allow legal sales. That means residents in those areas were effectively cut off from legal marijuana purchases, even though sales are permitted for adults in California.
“The public spoke loud and clear in favor of statewide delivery,” cannabis bureau spokesman Alex Traverso said.
Josh Drayton, of the California Cannabis Industry Association, said a patchwork of local rules in the state — some communities have embraced legal sales, while others have banned them — had created pot “deserts” where consumers were faced with long drives to find legal marijuana, edibles and other products.
The problem could be worse for the sick and frail who might not be able to leave their homes.
“At this point, you cannot stop regulated delivery services from entering a banned area to deliver to a consumer legally,” he said.
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