On the same day that a new study showed that legal marijuana will add about $5 billion to California’s state economy, the state appeared set to adopt a new set of rules governing the legal pot industry that would allow for convenient home delivery of marijuana for recreational use when the most populous American state makes the popular drug legal in 2018.
While home delivery of medical marijuana already exists in California, its legal status is questionable. But this week state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown agreed to new rules, scheduled for a vote in the state legislature on Thursday, that would regulate home delivery, allowing pot dispensaries to take delivery orders even if they do not have “brick and mortar” storefronts. That is, delivery-only marijuana businesses will be permitted under the new regulations.
But not every city in California is taking the same laid-back attitude toward marijuana delivery services. According to a report in the L.A. Weekly this week, the state’s largest city, Los Angeles, is set to adopt regulations that would tie delivery services to dispensaries that operate out of physical, rather than virtual, storefronts.
The Los Angeles regulations, banning delivery-only services and tying home delivery of legal marijuana to actual dispensaries that also do walk-in, in-person pot sales, are backed by the local legal marijuana business community.
“It’s great news,” Bobby Vecchio, of the legal marijuana business group the Southern California Coalition, told the Weekly. “I think having brick-and-mortar locations tied to delivery is good for accountability.”
Until last year, Los Angeles had two marijuana delivery services operating within the boundaries of the city, both offering medical marijuana home delivery via a smartphone app or through telephone orders, Speed Weed and Nestdrop, the Weekly reported. While Speed Weed operated its own distribution centers, Nestdrop operated as essentially a peer-to-peer service, simply connecting consumers with drivers willing to pick up medical marijuana from existing dispensaries and drive it to its destination. But the city shut down both companies, at least within the Los Angeles city limits.