Drones are going to deliver everything in the future, and they’re already a fixture in California skies. Weed is also now legal in California, so some enterprising entrepreneurs (or enterprising Darwin award winners) would put two and two together and think that weed delivering drones are in the future. But… not so fast my friends.
California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control has put the kaibosh on any potential weed delivery drones under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA). As it states,
““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.””
There were already some start-ups popping up like MDelivers and Eaze who had plans for weed delivery drones, but the new regulations prevent that from happening. And in case some enterprising Darwin award winners would assume that smoking while delivering the marijuana to their delivery points would be legal, that too is not the case, as the Bureau specifically stated in its new by-laws.
Licenses for cannabis distributors, retailers, testing labs, business and the like start on January 1, 2018, and marijuana could be worth $5 billion to the state’s economy in years to come. What won’t be a part of that new economy, however, will be weed delivery drones.
And based on the new laws, autonomous cars delivering your weed is also going to be illegal, in case you were wondering.