In California, the legalization of cannabis (for both medical and recreational purposes) has already set significant effects on the marijuana industry. Considering its health benefits, CA lawmakers are now putting great efforts in making the herb easily accessible to the consumers.
The new regulations on cannabis home delivery services are in favor of cannabis lovers. Whether you’re a recreational marijuana consumer or medical cannabis user in Orange County (or any other part of the state), you can now get your favorite cannabis products delivered to their homes.
Read on to learn about the cannabis delivery new regulations—GPS tracking, sales receipt, and more.
Cannabis delivery services in California – new rules
Cannabis delivery is allowed statewide
On January 16, 2019, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) issued new guidelines related to the cannabis delivery services in the state. The three main authorities the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health spent extra time changing the existing regulations.
One of the most important policies is—allowing dispensaries to deliver cannabis products throughout California, even in cities and counties that have laws prohibiting marijuana.
By allowing cannabis delivery services statewide, California has become the first US state to do so.
This will help over 100 state-licensed dispensaries and people who don’t have time to visit dispensaries to purchase cannabis products.
Also, people who are physically challenged or those living in areas far from cannabis dispensaries can get access to products without leaving their sweet homes.
Delivery vehicles are allowed to carry a maximum of $5, 000 worth of cannabis products at one time. And to reduce the risks of theft, it’s important not to make any marks or indications showing the vehicle is carrying marijuana.
California’s new regulations make it mandatory for the dispensaries to use child-resistant packaging for marijuana products. Additionally, cannabis retailers will now check customer IDs of the buyers rather than recording the names or other information.
Cannabis retailers are required to prepare a sales invoice for every sale or transfer of cannabis non-manufactured product. The receipts may be available electronically to make them access easily by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, local law enforcement authorities or other state authorities.
The sales receipt must include the following information-
- Name, address, or other licensing authority issued number of the dispensary
- Name, address, or other licensing authority issued number of the buyer
- Data of sale or transfer of the cannabis products
- Sale receipt or invoice number
- Quantity of cannabis products delivered
- Total cost of the products including any discount applied
- Complete details of each cannabis product—piant, flower, leaf, shake, kief, pre-rolls, etc.
- Signature of the seller or designated representative of the seller
- Signature of the buyer or designated representative of the buyer
All vehicles used for cannabis home delivery should use GPS (Global Positioning System) devices to help identify their geographic locations of the delivery employees.
A dedicated GPS device shall be affixed to the delivery vehicle (either temporary or permanent), and it should remain active all the time during the delivery process. This enables the cannabis retailers to monitor the locations traveled by the delivery employees, and this information should be provided to the Bureau upon request. The history of the routes traveled by delivery employees should be maintained for at least three months.
According to Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control, the cannabis licensing authorities have created these approved regulations with over two years of hard work.
To cover it up—cannabis home delivery is a great move by the state authorities. Although both medical and recreational marijuana products are covered in the delivery services, medical users have more advantages over recreational ones. Consult a medical cannabis doctor in Orange County to get your MMJ recommendations today!