In a potential breakthrough, a California judge ruled delivery services can deliver in the vast swaths of the state which do not allow pot shops.
- Fresno County Superior Court Judge Rosemary McGuire ruled in favor of the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control which allowed statewide deliveries beginning in 2018. It had been challenged by 25 local governments who argued the policy violated their ability to regulate the industry.
- Judge McGuire determined that the policy does not violate local jurisdictions’ authority since it doesn’t require or prohibit them from doing anything. A jurisdiction can still pass a law to restrict delivery, for example, though the state won’t help enforce it.
- On its face this seems like a big win for the industry, though operators may still have to litigate the issue against local governments.
- Separately, Lori Ajax, the first head of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is stepping down.
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