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How to navigate new recreational pot delivery laws




Bags of cannabis await packaging for retail sale through a medical marijuana delivery service in Orange County.
Bags of cannabis await packaging for retail sale through a medical marijuana delivery service in Orange County.
Jill Replogle

LA’s cannabis industry is a little complicated, even though recreational marijuana is now legal.

Walking into one of the new state-licensed shops isn't the only way to get legal weed. You can also have it delivered to your door -- in some areas.

Some California cities have blocked pot delivery services, but how can those rules be enforced?

Brooke Staggs covers the cannabis industry for Southern California News Group and The Cannifornian. She told A Martinez how pot shops are navigating delivery services.

Here are four things you need to know about new pot delivery laws:

1. Even though recreational pot is legal, that doesn't necessarily mean pot shops can make a delivery to a city that's not allowing legal dispensaries.

BROOKE STAGGS: There are still a lot of limits on how [recreational pot delivery] services can operate. Cities can block pot deliveries, [but] there's been some confusion about how that's going to work.

2. But there is a way around restrictions if pot delivery services aren't available in your neighborhood.

STAGGS: You can drive into a city allowing [the sale of recreational marijuana] and bring it back. The state allows people to have up to an ounce in their possession. Delivery is tough for cities to block. But, by state law, these vehicles have to be outfitted with GPS systems so their deliveries can be tracked.

3. You have to go to a physical address to pick up product. 

STAGGS: Pot shops must have really good record keeping of where deliveries start and end up, so [routes] can't be improvised along the way.

4. And if you want to find out more, there's an app for that.

STAGGS: You can go onto weedmaps.com to [reference locations for] both licensed and unlicensed business. Eaze [is a company] that's getting millions of dollars of investments and essentially created an app that facilitates delivery.

*Interview has been edited for clarity