25 local governments in CA sue state to block home marijuana delivery

A coalition of 25 California municipalities and one county that ban marijuana sales have sued the state, claiming that allowing home delivery in their jurisdictions violates the law.

The suit, if successful, could significantly affect cannabis sales by eliminating a market segment that otherwise could have been served via home delivery.

That’s because roughly 80% of the state’s 482 municipalities have banned marijuana sales, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The suit also would hit the bottom line of transport companies.

The legal challenge has been expected: The city of Sonora said in mid-February that it planned to sue and predicted others would join it.

Below are the arguments, pro and con:

  • The plaintiffs argue that Proposition 64 legalizing adult-use sales guaranteed the right of local governments to regulate all cannabis-related activity in their jurisdictions – not just cities opposed to marijuana delivery.
  • California argues in part that home delivery is being handled by state-licensed firms and vehicles transport the products on public roads. Advocates argue that such delivery ensures safe access to cannabis by homebound patients and other customers.

For additional details about the situation, click here.

4 comments on “25 local governments in CA sue state to block home marijuana delivery
  1. gary colmey on

    The plaintiffs argue that Proposition 64 legalizing adult-use sales guaranteed the right of local governments to regulate “all cannabis-related activity” in their jurisdictions… as we’re seeing in NY now, some moronic county officials are already opting out ahead of actual legalization. all that means here is that they will receive zero percent of the tax revenue while their constituents are free to get their cannabis across county lines and bring right home. So WTF are these county morons suing about? …and since the public supports legalization by around 60% who are they representing?

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  2. john ward on

    The plaintiffs argument that Proposition 64 legalized adult-use sales guaranteed the right of local governments to regulate all cannabis-related activity in their jurisdictions.
    That is simply not so, as all California residents are allowed to cultivate at least six cannabis plants even with a ban in place.
    With that being said, could we get a list of these locations. They appear to be prime locations for the “consumer market” vendors.

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  3. BoomAndBusted on

    This is a pretty clear acknowledgement that cities and counties want to be able to award monopolies to friends and families, only allowing a handful of dispensaries and ensuring that any dispensary licenses that are “awarded” go to those with the most money and connections. The idea of an actual competitive marketplace is terrifying to these cronies, so they use taxpayer money to sue the state to stop competition from smaller operators that were not “awarded” a license to operate by the municipality. The city of Dixon is openly admitting that they want to ensure that the one dispensary license they “awarded” gets all of the business in the area… just disgusting!

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