Pot de­liv­er­ies can be made through­out Cal­i­for­nia

Porterville Recorder - - RECORD - By PAUL ELIAS

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Cal­i­for­nia reg­u­la­tors on Fri­day said mar­i­juana de­liv­er­ies can be made any­where in the state, even in lo­cales that ban cannabis.

Law en­force­ment groups and the Cal­i­for­nia League of Cities op­posed the move, ar­gu­ing that pot de­liv­er­ies to places that ban cannabis erodes lo­cal gov­ern­ment control and will in­crease crime in those ar­eas.

The mat­ter has been one of the most de­bated is­sues as state reg­u­la­tors ham­mer out per­ma­nent rules for how mar­i­juana is grown, tested, pack­aged and de­liv­ered.

The de­liv­ery is­sue was in­cluded in reg­u­la­tions drafted by the Bureau of Cannabis Control, which is­sues most re­tail per­mits. The rules will be­come law in 30 days un­less Cal­i­for­nia's Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tive Law ob­jects. The dis­pute could end up in court.

Recre­ational mar­i­juana be­came le­gal in the state af­ter vot­ers passed Propo­si­tion 64 two years ago.

The bureau has main­tained that Propo­si­tion 64 al­lows for statewide de­liv­er­ies. It added ex­plicit lan­guage au­tho­riz­ing the prac­tice af­ter sev­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cials in anti-pot lo­cales in­sisted they could ar­rest li­censed de­liver drivers in cities and coun­ties that ban mar­i­juana.

The Cal­i­for­nia Po­lice Chiefs As­so­ci­a­tion, League of Cal­i­for­nia Cities and United Food and Com­mer­cial Work­ers West­ern States Coun­cil op­posed statewide de­liv­er­ies and launched an on­line pe­ti­tion cam­paign against the rule.

"Reg­u­lated mar­i­juana dis­pen­saries have tough se­cu­rity, checks for iden­tity and le­gal age and strictly li­censed work­ers," coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor James Araby said in a state­ment. "If mar­i­juana can be de­liv­ered any­where with vir­tu­ally no reg­u­la­tion, Cal­i­for­nia will lose these safe­guards."

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