As part of a crackdown on illegal marijuana dispensaries, San Diego police conducted a raid on Aug. 2 and arrested 12 employees for illegally selling and distributing marijuana.
They were targeting an unauthorized delivery service, and they found cocaine on site. But the bust brought up the long-simmering question about whether any delivery services are legal in San Diego.
Because there are a lot of them. Hundreds of marijuana delivery services are operating in San Diego. The Aug. 2 raid was a sign that was about to change.
In February, the San Diego City Council decided it would only allow permitted marijuana dispensaries to operate delivery services.
If that’s now being enforced, it means hundreds of unlicensed delivery services currently operating – a listing of many can be found on sites like Weedmaps – will be in the crosshairs of police and may end up consolidating.
Starting in 2018, the commercial sale of marijuana will be allowed across the state as part of Prop. 64, which was passed by voters last November. Local lawmakers are busy creating regulations to accommodate the measure, or to outright ban marijuana sales.
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Why doesn't the City merely enforce the payment of taxes by all the delivery services, rather than put most of them out of business? Isn't that the way the City operates with respect to other types of businesses? It appears that the City's selective approach is likely to create a cannibis oligopoly.