With New Year’s Day come and gone, and with marijuana now legal for adults across California, everyone should be celebrating wildly. Sadly, most are not. Retail outlets are so far and few between that most residents are still unable to access it. Officials are still writing laws to regulate the market and are primarily focusing on storefront dispensaries, few of which are even ready to open for business.
Despite the fact that most jurisdictions have yet to begin issuing commercial licenses, which is causing frustrating delays for consumers across the state, there is also the issue of online sales and delivery services. Thus far, the state has little to no rules governing marijuana delivery. Nobody knows how it will work yet or even if it will be legal. However, experts believe it is just a matter of time before it will be.
Because of this, companies licensed to deliver marijuana to patients are unable to add recreational weed to their services, forcing them to remain trapped in the medical industry. Without written laws for pot delivery, they do not even have the option of servicing recreational users. Furthermore, the state’s licensing process is frankly stagnant.
Not only is the state slow in issuing recreational licenses, but some counties are making it impossible for businesses to get one. Anyone working in the pot industry must first have a local permit in order to get a state license. These delays and attempts at sabotage will have a significantly negative impact on consumers, who will have to deal with all manner of inconveniences to get their hands on some weed.
Expect hours-long queues at the few storefront dispensaries in operation. Older citizens will have to endure the heat and stress of waiting in line. Those that cannot leave their homes will have to get someone to stand in line for them, as they will not be able to order online and have it delivered to their doorstep. Bring food, water, temporary shelter, and pepper spray to survive some of these dodgy areas.
Currently, only Santa Ana and San Diego have opened storefronts for recreational users. You will not be able to get weed legally anywhere else until other cities and counties get their licensing processes up to date and allow stores to open their doors to the public. If you want to buy legal weed, you will need plenty of fuel, time, and patience travelling to and from these locations.
Although weed delivery companies have every expectation that the state and its counties will take the necessary steps toward legalizing their services, do not expect to be able to order pot delivery anytime soon. These companies are applying for licenses through the state website, and there is a four-month grace period for them, until at least April this year, at the earliest.
Those waiting for cannabis delivery to become legal for recreational purchases will have to wait until April then, perhaps even longer, as there is no indication that the state and its counties are in any hurry to enact the correct laws and regulations. Patience is a virtue, they say, so hang in there. Marijuana delivery is the future of this industry, but it will take some time to get there.