California political groups launch website to shoot down statewide marijuana delivery

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California marijuana, 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.