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California bans marijuana delivery by drones and self-driving cars

California recently announced a ban on transportation of marijuana through drones to clients who are legitimate users of the drug. Despite citizens voting in 2016 to legalize weed, the state has decided to check marijuana transportation through unmanned vehicles like drones and self-driving cars.

The practice of illegally sending marijuana to prisons in the U.S., England, and Canada, with the help of drones is common. However, in California, even legal marijuana transportation by drones is not a possibility anytime soon. Legalization of cannabis would not have any bearing on sending the drug in a drone throughout the state.

State regulators are engrossed in formulating distribution rules and a string of marijuana laws ahead of a January 1 deadline to initiate issuing retail licenses. Retail outlets in California are due to receive licenses for selling recreational marijuana at the beginning of 2018. Last week, the Bureau of Cannabis Control in the state issued regulations banning drones and self-driven cars from delivering cannabis to people.

Cannabis delivery start-ups to feel the impact

The new restrictions have certainly cornered weed delivery startups, some of which were relying on drones to do business. The new rules mandate that marijuana be delivered to physical addresses only, and not to public spaces or “buildings leased by public agencies.”

The law forbids people to leave marijuana in unattended motor vehicles unless they are equipped with an active alarm system. Those vehicles meant for weed delivery must have a dedicated active GPS device that helps the dispensary to identify the geographic location of the vehicle during delivery. Being the largest economy in the U.S., California’s legal marijuana industry could be worth $5 billion. “Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers. Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles,” reads the proposed program description.

In the U.S., 29 states have legalized marijuana in some form or the other. However, one cannot expect an automated delivery program with the help of drones or self-driven cars. A human intervention has to be there, and ensure that the weed does not land in unscrupulous hands and cause harm. The laws will also ensure that those out on deliveries do not consume the drug themselves instead of delivering to the intended recipient. Otherwise, it could be a huge problem if delivery boys turn into consumers.

Marijuana is unlike other stuff delivered to people. It is a highly addictive substance. Hence, all these precautionary measures are required. A drone carrying marijuana could be hijacked and the drug could land up in the wrong hands. It would be beyond one’s control to check who would be using that weed thereafter. The same goes for an unmanned vehicle transporting marijuana. Looking at all these risk factors involved with delivering weed via unmanned modes, the state has decided to pull the plugs on such methods of supplying weed to clients or registered users.

Dealing with any substance abuse

Despite the public outcry for legalization of marijuana in most states in the U.S., marijuana remains one of the most highly abused substances in the country. It has all the properties of any addictive substance.

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