More than a dozen Santa Clarita marijuana delivery services are allegedly in violation of a city ordinance, but that may change due to proposed regulations of state law, officials said.
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After California voters passed Proposition 64 — which legalized cannabis in the state — the Santa Clarita City Council passed an ordinance to ban the sale, cultivation, manufacturing, testing or delivery of cannabis or products containing the substance within city limits.
Marijuana delivery services may become legal in Santa Clarita if the California Bureau of Cannabis Control approves proposed regulations, which have just recently finished public comment, according to the text of the proposal.
The proposed regulations state that marijuana businesses may deliver to any private address in the state, regardless of whether the city permits actual brick-and-mortar pot shops in the jurisdiction.
“Our regulations currently state that delivery of cannabis products can happen in any jurisdiction in the state — locals feel otherwise,” said Alex Traverso, spokesperson for the Bureau of Cannabis Control.
This goes against the current Santa Clarita marijuana ordinance, according to City officials.
“Any delivery services operating in Santa Clarita are in violation of the ordinance,” said Daniel Rivas, community preservation manager. “If an issue is brought to our attention, the City will start an investigation.”
If City staff find the business to be in violation of the ordinance, a $100 fine would be issued for the first offense, according to Rivas.
The fine for the second offense is set at $200 and third offense is expected to be $500, said City staff.
However, those penalties don’t appear to be preventing at least 18 cannabis delivery services from allegedly operating in the City of Santa Clarita, according to WeedMaps.com.
The delivery services, for both recreational and medical marijuana, reportedly operate in Santa Clarita from 10 a.m. to as late as 1 a.m.
Residents are only one call or click away from cannabis with these services, but the closest brick-and-mortar location is about 15 miles away in Sylmar.
Eaze — an app sometimes dubbed the “Uber of weed” — is one of the marijuana delivery services that appears to have recently expanded to the Santa Clarita Valley.
Representatives of Eaze are among those who dispute the City’s stance of an outright ban on marijuana delivery services in Santa Clarita.
Company officials claim the Santa Clarita cannabis ordinance “does not, nor can it, prohibit delivery on public roads within its boundaries.”
“Eaze does not have a licensed retail partner that is located within the boundaries of Santa Clarita, but licensed retailers operating from outside Santa Clarita may deliver to adults over the age of 21 or individuals who hold valid medical recommendations aged 18-21 who reside in Santa Clarita,” said Eaze Spokesperson Sheena Shiravi.
In response, City staff say the local ordinance cannot stop deliveries traveling through their jurisdiction, but the City can probit deliveries to an address in Santa Clarita.
“Delivery services can use the public roads in Santa Clarita to make their deliveries,” said Dave Peterson, associate planner. “But the companies cannot make a delivery in the City limits.”
After deliberations, the final version of the regulations on cannabis in California need to be in place by the first week of December, according to Cannabis Control officials.
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