California political groups launch website to shoot down statewide marijuana delivery

Three heavy-hitting political organizations in Sacramento, California, announced a new website Friday in a push to convince state regulators to abandon plans to allow marijuana delivery statewide.

The cannabis industry largely supports the statewide delivery policy, arguing it’s necessary to guarantee access for homebound medical marijuana patients.

It also would boost sales by reaching municipalities that prohibit cannabis businesses. The vast majority of California’s 482 municipalities and 58 counties have banned MJ sales.

The California League of Cities, the California Police Chiefs Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council revealed “Stop Wandering Weed,” a site aimed at supporting both local control over the MJ industry as well as the cities and counties that banned commercial cannabis activity.

The delivery policy was revealed in July with the release of the first draft of permanent state MJ business regulation. Since then, opposition has slowly ramped up.

The League of Cities sent a letter to the California Bureau of Cannabis Control objecting to the rule, and several municipal representatives signaled the rule may be challenged in court.

It wasn’t until Friday that the League garnered support from the police chiefs and the UFCW.

“The proposed regulations give unrestricted access to the cannabis delivery industry and open the floodgates to a number of public safety risks,” California Police Chiefs Association President David Swing said in a news release.

9 comments on “California political groups launch website to shoot down statewide marijuana delivery
  1. Ted Stevens on

    https://i.imgur.com/HRKWeeO.jpg

    ^Hilarious.

    Yes, the weed delivery services will be playing the hits. “The Entertainer”, “When your Ears Hang Low”, “Home on the Range”. The poor children won’t be able to help themselves to the enticing marketing. All the while the driver (a brown guy, probably) sells them product without checking even a single ID!

    This is it folks, the end of society.

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    • Brian on

      Your hilarious. Weed is legal and should be. Why waste the courts time with this nonsense. No wonder our courts don’t get real sh** done in this country

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  2. Doc on

    Turns out that despite having a solid majority of the state vote for legalization, a noisy and ignorantly panicking minority still can block it at the local level.

    The California licensing program is a failure, as is any program that gives towns and counties veto power without regard for the will of the overall population. Whoever shows up at town council meetings prevails, it seems.

    Long live the unlicensed.

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    • ryan on

      Every town and city has veto power over any type of business, look at towns that dont have fast food or walmarts. The state isn’t suppose to have control over what cities do. If you dont like what your city does, you either vote out the people in charge, or you get enough signatures on a ballot measure to allow what you want. Its really that simple and they will loose in court. It was on the original prop 64 to allow cities this power.

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  3. Bud Green on

    The website’s messaging is ridiculous, no doubt about that, and it distorts what the state’s own cannabis regulations say about protecting schools and minors. Sadly, this sort of messaging is nothing new from the League or the police chiefs, but it’s odd for the Western Council to chime in.

    For all their clumsiness and reliance on “Reefer Madness”-era scare tactics, the League and others raise some valid points. Opening up delivery of adult-use or “recreational” marijuana statewide would be a quantum leap forward, or backward, or more likely both. While some industry types say they’re all about the patients, in reality they’re eyeing the giant profits to be reaped in ban territories. Meanwhile, residents of those territories will be blocked from forming their own cannabis businesses. Local govs could double down on their bans in reaction to the flood of outside delivery services. Instead of a win-win, the Bureau’s proposal is a lose-lose.

    Yes, we need safe access for patients, but we’ve needed that for decades. We also need equity for cannabis business applicants. We need jobs, regulations and cannabis tax revenues in longtime ban territories instead of ceding the market to L.A. and the Bay Area. We need to buy time for patient-centered businesses to emerge before Big Canna shoves the adult-use marketplace down our (formerly) collective throats, regardless of local laws and community standards.

    If the Bureau is truly interested in creating safe access for Prop. 215 patients, it should amend its proposal to allow statewide delivery to medicinal cannabis patients ONLY and leave it at that. Adult-use consumers — and the companies chomping at the bit to profit from them — haven’t made the case for statewide delivery of non-medical cannabis, other than their own desire for instant gratification and enrichment.

    Don’t like scary cannabis websites? Don’t try to cram recreational cannabis delivery down people’s throats statewide while claiming it’s all “for the patients.” It’s not.

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  4. Maureen Brock on

    Which organization is taking the lead to keep the streets open for delivery services? I voted to enable access for all of us in CA and don’t want repressive cities – like the one I live in – to bully us.

    Give me an organization to support with my resources and I will.

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  5. Marijuana Seeds Canada on

    Why waste the courts time with this nonsense. I believe that the weed is legal and should be. So why would this municipalities prohibit cannabis businesses when the cannabis helps a lots in curing illness.

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