As bright as the future looks for a regulated cannabis market in California, the young industry is already seeing some of the hiccups that can come with a new law.
Despite both medical and adult-use cannabis becoming legal in California at the beginning of this year, many cities, towns, and counties have put knee-jerk reactions in place banning cannabis dispensaries and deliveries at the local level. Sure, the major Californian markets have access to cannabis, but (as the LA Times pointed out last week) cannabis isn’t really legal unless people can actually access it.
With approximately half of the state’s population living in areas where cannabis cannot be purchased and/or delivered, it’s left many consumers driving extended distances to be able to legally purchase products. Although it may not seem like a major difference from a “dry” county or city banning the sales of alcohol, patients in need of cannabis for its medicinal qualities shouldn’t have to drive 60 miles — or even at all — in order to pick up their medicine.
By banning sales or deliveries in their domains, cities and counties are effectively punishing their residents with medical cannabis needs, which shouldn’t sit well with anyone. Thankfully, the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is working on a new regulation to permit cannabis delivery to any private address in the state regardless of city or county laws against actual dispensaries in their jurisdictions. This is a great idea, as it’s hard to imagine city governments preventing citizens access to other healthcare — which is how medical cannabis should be considered.
For that reason, our pharmaceutical division is currently being developed to primarily follow a delivery-based model, as having to find a suitable dispensary should not be a requirement for obtaining professional-grade medicine. Until the dust settles around the growing cannabis industry, consumers in need of their doses should not be punished for their neighborhood having an outdated outlook on their medicine.