Local Governments Sue State of California Over Cannabis Delivery Laws
Local governments for 24 cities and one county are suing California state regulators in an effort to change cannabis home delivery regulations that were adopted earlier this year. The suit, which was filed in Fresno Superior Court on Thursday, seeks to allow local governments to block deliveries of cannabis products to addresses within their jurisdiction. The legal action names the Bureau of Cannabis Control and its head, Lori Ajax, as defendants in the suit.
At issue is a provision in the permanent regulations that were initially released by the BCC in June of last year that reads “a delivery employee may deliver to any jurisdiction within the State of California.” Walter Allen, a council member for the city of Covina, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said that the BCC regulation is contrary to Prop 64, the initiative passed by voters in 2016 to legalize the recreational use and sale of cannabis. The proposition included language to allow local governments to ban cannabis businesses from operating in their jurisdictions.
“Californians voted to allow recreational and commercial cannabis with the specific promise that each community would be able to regulate or even ban it within their community,” said Allen. “The BCC’s actions in adopting