Dreams of WeedDelivering Drones Crushed by Cali Lawmakers

first_img Drones deliver everything from pizza, doughnuts, and hot dogs to coffee, tea, and Slurpees. One thing you won’t catch flying high: weed.The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Cannabis Control last week unveiled new rules that would ban drones from delivering marijuana.Set for adoption before Jan. 1, the proposed regulations include “safety and security provisions” for moving product:“Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers,” the program description said. “Transportation may not be done by airfact, watercraft, rail, drones, human-powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.”If approved, the law could throw cold water on start-ups planning to distribute marijuana by unmanned aerial vehicle, according to Ars Technica. Local firms like Trees and Eaze have already promised customers UAV drop-offs. (Take that with a grain of salt, though: Statewide reefer delivery service MDelivers’ announcement was actually an April Fool’s joke.)The Bureau of Cannabis Control did not immediately respond to Geek’s request for comment. It does, however, provide an opportunity for public comment, should anyone want to oppose the statute.Three community workshops will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. this month in Long Beach (Sept. 18), Fresno (Sept. 20), and Sacramento (Sept. 21). Public comments may also be emailed to [email protected] before 5 p.m. on Oct. 6.In November 2016, California passed Proposition 64, also known as the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), legalizing the sale and distribution of cannabis. The state joins seven other territories—Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington—where recreational pot use is allowed.Starting next year, the government will hand out an estimated 11,500 licenses (medicinal and adult-use) in 2018.Anyone hoping to break into the California weed market—including distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses—should take a good look at all 491 pages of the “Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations,” which covers procedures from seed to sale.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… Stay on targetlast_img

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