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Knock, knock: pot delivery. Should cannabis be deliverable in cities that have banned it?




Cannabis is displayed at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.
Cannabis is displayed at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017.
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The Bureau of Cannabis Control is considering clarifying Prop 64 rules to allow for the delivery of cannabis in cities where storefront sales are banned — but cities are pushing back, saying the move would undermine local control. 

Advocates say that since cannabis is now legal in California, it should be accessible to all residents. Plus, delivery services already exist and many of them are operating in a legally grey market, though often their users assume that they’re above board. 

In a letter sent to the Bureau Monday, cities said that their ability to regulate weed is being undermined by delivery services and that the Bureau is stepping outside its jurisdiction. They also push back on other considered rule changes, such as a speeding up of the mandated time during which cities should verify local licenses, saying they’d be a threat to public safety. 
Should marijuana be deliverable to cities that have banned shops from selling it locally? 

We reached out the Bureau of Cannabis Control. They were not able to accommodate our request for an interview. 

Guests: 

Amanda Chicago Lewis, LA-based freelance reporter covering cannabis; she writes a column about cannabis for Rolling Stone  

Charles Harvey, Legislative Representative for the League of California Cities, which represents the 475 of the state’s municipalities; he wrote a letter on behalf of the League to the Bureau of Cannabis Control expressing opposition to statewide delivery