Delivery services still without license option

DELIVERY PANNEL – Opportunities to establish a unique license category for retail medical cannabis delivery services remain elusive, CGA Executive Director Allen told the Spring Policy Summit.

“Language (in new legislation) is not favorable to delivery,” he said, encouraging delivery entrepreneurs to continue their push to organize and lobby lawmakers.

Under current law, delivery services must be linked to licensed dispensaries. There is no provision for “virtual” or non-storefront retail delivery operations, despite the fact that CGA estimates 45 to 55 percent of medical cannabis sales are made through delivery services.

Delivery services should engage positively with local lawmakers and law enforcement and work toward common goals, Allen suggested. California Police Chiefs Association representative Michaels agreed.

“There was a point where the police chiefs were at the ‘Hell no’ position, but the conversation has shifted,” Michaels said. “We will all come up with a solution, if you’re part of the track and trace program, if you’re transparent and you’re regulated.”

Law enforcement officials in many California communities have become more favorable to delivery services, once they learn the companies establish professional protocols to ensure medical cannabis deliveries are safeguarded and sold to appropriate patients.

Current California law allows medical cannabis delivery services to operate in any community that hasn’t specifically banned delivery. But the services must obtain local dispensary permits and apply for state licenses.