Carlsbad City Council Approves Medicinal Cannabis Delivery in Updated Municipal Code

Carlsbad City Council Approves Medicinal Cannabis Delivery in Updated Municipal CodeSource: Google Street View
Kamal Jenkins
Published on October 20, 2023

The Carlsbad City Council has approved an update to the municipal code pertaining to cannabis law, as per the Medicinal Cannabis Patients' Right of Access Act. This information was confirmed by the city's official website. The update adheres to Senate Bill 1186, passed in 2022, and will be enforced from January 1, 2024, mandating the city to permit the delivery of medicinal cannabis products.

For understanding, the wide-ranging changes in cannabis regulations in California started in 2016 and 2017. State laws were established with licensing requirements for growing, selling, and the use of cannabis, providing municipalities the freedom to construct their own rules, points out the city news release. Consequently, Carlsbad forbade all commercial cannabis ventures apart from the newly sanctioned delivery services.

Medicinal cannabis delivery businesses should be located in industrial zones, at a minimum of 1,000 feet away from buildings like churches, schools, and residential places. Vehicles and structures linked to the delivery business should not possess any markings related to cannabis. Moreover, retail sales and customer pickups from these locations are forbidden. The municipal code update also details strict stipulations relating to prescription verification and spatial obligations for business facilities.