City claims proposed changes by the Bureau of Cannabis Control conflict with Prop 64 promises
By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN
FARMERSVILLE – Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, opened the door for a cannabis boon in cities like Farmersville who have welcomed the cannabis industry with open arms, albeit no business has yet embraced them. But now Farmersville says the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) is proposing to encroach on local jurisdictions’ right to regulate the cannabis industry as they see fit.
During their Aug. 13 meeting the Farmersville City Council voted 4-0, with Councilman Greg Gomez late, to authorize Mayor Paul Boyer to sign the letter of opposition regarding proposed regulations on cannabis deliveries. The council had expressed their concerns over deliveries in their June 25 council meeting when vice Mayor Matt Sisk said deliveries could burden public safety resources.
“We just don’t feel comfortable with the idea of cars whipping through town delivering this stuff,” said Sisk. “I just think it would add a burden to our police force.”
In conjunction with other cities and the League of California Cities, Farmersville said BCC’s proposed regulations conflicts with the law. Specifically the proposed changes, “Adds a provision that allows retailers to deliver to any jurisdiction within California.”
The law currently states cities may allow delivery of marijuana products, and now must allow for delivery of marijuana products.
“The Proposed Regulations goes against existing law and the will of the voters under Prop. 64 which states that local jurisdictions have the ability to adopt and enforce the regulation of cannabis business,” the letter states.
Farmersville, before allowing cannabis businesses to open in town, laid down safety requirements that include monitoring businesses. As Sisk noted in his comments there would be a burden on law enforcement if deliveries were allowed in the city. However, the burden is more than just driving style.
The City says in the letter Farmersville is a small rural town supporting the commercial cannabis industry. But the City has long expected the portions of their industry be firmly planted in brick and mortar structures, which can be easily regulated.
“Other cannabis businesses such as dispensaries or manufacturers that choose to operate in Farmersville will have physical locations that can be monitored by law enforcement,” the letter states.
The City is noting that allowing deliveries is not something they can handle because they are mobile businesses, and regulations is a moving target.