California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control will not allow weed delivery via drones.
A recent addition to the state’s regulations regarding marijuana retail and use, this law prevents your dispensary or recreational cannabis stores from sending off your cannabis package on flying delivery robots.
This is according to the rules and regulations stated in the state’s Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). The description reads:
“Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers.. Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.”
Additionally, only licensed retailers are allowed to make the deliveries in person via an enclosed motor vehicle which in turn should have a GPS tracking device to allow the seller to know the real-time location of the package.
Those who will be making the delivery are prohibited from consuming their own marijuana while on the job.
Other pharmaceutical narcotics are shipped via mail and are permitted for drone delivery, but marijuana has to go through traditional man-to-door transport.
This is somber news for startup and companies planning to take advantage of the booming cannabis market and do exactly that. New methods might have to be devised if they want to conform to said regulations.
Marijuana is already legal in the state of California both for medical and recreational use. Cannabis industry in the state is projected to be worth $5 billion or more considering California is one of the country’s largest economies.
Starting January 1, 2018, California will begin issuing licenses for distributors, retailers, testing labs, and other businesses in the state.