California To Ban Legal Cannabis Delivery By Robot, Drone, Bicycle Or Boat

As California revs up for recreational cannabis next year, lawmakers are laying down rules for how the plant can reach consumers.

Last week, California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control released a set of regulations aimed to determine how commercial cannabis businesses can operate once recreational weed becomes a reality. Among thousands of other things, the early document establishes that the booming cannabis delivery industry must operate within certain parameters, including by making sure products are hidden en route and generally keeping a low profile.

As Ars Technica first noticed, the regulations also make clear that delivering cannabis to customers using either aerial drones or autonomous (land-based) robots will be off-limits–despite the fact that some cannabis retailers have expressed interest or intent toward doing so.

And the limits on mobilizing marijuana don’t end there: according to the California document, “Transportation may not be done by aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human-powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.”

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