California to Allow Marijuana Deliveries, but Not by Drones or "Unmanned Vehicles"

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Startup buzzkill: California bans drone delivery services of legalized pot

That economic boom includes everything from agriculture, real estate, banking, software, to security, paraphernalia, and you name it. Sure, a drone can already deliver you a pizza in California. "Vehicles used for transporting cannabis goods must contain a box that can be locked and that is secured to the inside of the vehicle or trailer".

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control has issued emergency regulations saying that drones can not be used to deliver marijuana to people in the state, reports Ars Technica. That's gotta be done by a human-driven auto, according to the regulations.

The Californian rules say marijuana deliveries must be made to physical addresses and are banned from public lands or "buildings leased by public agencies".

And "marijuana delivery person" won't be a job California kids can have in high school, because the minimum age requirement is 21.

This will put a crimp in the plans of weed delivery startups such as Eaze, which earlier this year demonstrated how drones could be used to get marijuana into customers' hands.

It also added other stipulations, including products must be locked in the box at all times, the vehicle can not be left unattended with goods in tow, and a Global Positioning System device must be equipped and active during the entire distribution process.

We urge anybody seeking to break into the California marijuana business to become familiar with the bureau's "Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations" (PDF). Drivers also can't park their vehicles in residential areas overnight if they still have marijuana inside.

Don't expect that dank to be delivered via drone anytime soon. While certain rules were changed, the administration will still regulate how cannabis is distributed.

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