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Cannabis Deliveries Allowed Throughout California

March and Ash is a cannabis dispensary in Mission Valley. Photo taken on January 21, 2019 in San Diego.
Priya Sridhar
March and Ash is a cannabis dispensary in Mission Valley. Photo taken on January 21, 2019 in San Diego.

Every California resident can now purchase and receive marijuana in the comfort of their homes, despite local rules. State lawyers gave final approval to a regulation that would allow cannabis dispensaries to deliver products to residents in areas where local sales are illegal.

March and Ash, a Mission Valley dispensary has already seen an increase in phone calls from people in places like El Cajon where dispensaries are not allowed.

"I think there's a lot of need and a lot of people that don't have access to a vehicle or can't physically make their way into a store. So they're the ones that are definitely going to benefit from us offering delivery in those areas," said Andrea Laparra, head of delivery services for March and Ash.

Not everyone is happy about the rule. Bill Wells, the mayor of El Cajon says the state should allow local municipalities to regulate marijuana however they want.

"There are plenty of places to go to buy marijuana if you want to buy it, why should we have to be forced into a situation we don't want to be forced into," according to Wells. He said crime surrounds marijuana and that's why they're not comfortable having it in their city.

"These people coming into our city with marijuana in their cars will oftentimes have guns in their cars. They'll be targets for people to steal from them. Who knows what may happen as a result?" Wells said.

KPBS could not corroborate Wells' claim that these individuals frequently carry guns.

The president of the California Police Chiefs Association has also said that the rule will make enforcement more difficult.

Cannabis Deliveries Allowed Throughout California

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