A long-running dispute between a slate of California cities and the state itself landed in trial Aug. 6, with a Superior Court judge seeming to underscore that state law will prevail over local rule. At issue: whether cannabis delivery services may operate in jurisdictions that have otherwise banned commercial cannabis activity. The future of delivery in the world’s largest cannabis market is at stake here.
The collective of 24 California cities (as well as Santa Cruz County) argues that a moratorium on cannabis businesses should extend to delivery services that might pass through their borders.
The state insists that delivery is allowed under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and cannot be halted by local whims.
Fresno Superior Court Judge Rosemary McGuire wrote…