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California cities sue the state, claiming marijuana home deliveries circumvent Prop 64




An airplane descends to land at Los Angeles International Airport above a billboard advertising the marijuana delivery service Eaze on July 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
An airplane descends to land at Los Angeles International Airport above a billboard advertising the marijuana delivery service Eaze on July 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California
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In a lawsuit against the state of California, 24 cities and one county argue the state is violating cities’ veto power over marijuana sales in their jurisdictions.

In January, the California Bureau of Cannabis Control adopted a regulation that permits state-licensed firms to deliver cannabis to residences in cities that banned marijuana dispensaries.

Supporters of the state-adopted regulation assert that while cities can pass “reasonable restrictions” on how marijuana businesses operate in their own jurisdictions, they do not have the right to limit deliveries to residences.

In addition to claiming their veto power has been threatened, cities fear pot deliveries would lead to an increase in criminal activity in their jurisdictions.

Are you someone who lives in a city that banned marijuana dispensaries? Or someone who relies on home deliveries of marijuana? How do you feel about this lawsuit by these cities against the state? We’re taking your calls at 866-893-5722.

We reached out to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control, which is unable to join us today

Guests:

Walter Allen III, councilmember and former mayor of the city of Covina, which bans the sales of recreational marijuana  

Douglas White, attorney and founding partner at Churchwell White LLP, which is representing the cities in the lawsuit

Khurshid Khoja, principal at Greenbridge Corporate Counsel and vice chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association