Medical marijuana deliveries could be in trouble

A new ordinance that's under review could bring trouble for medical marijuana deliveries. (Oct. 18, 2016)

The Sacramento City Council will review an ordinance next week to allow medical marijuana deliveries through permitted dispensaries.

Richard Stein gets medical marijuana delivered to his house nearly twice a week. He says it helps him eat after chemo treatments.

"I'm unable to drive because of my blood pressure and other obvious reasons like my bone cancer,"  Stein said.

However, the business he depends on is in jeopardy of shutting down.

There are nearly 100 delivery companies serving the Sacramento region and the city of Sacramento is in the process of revising an ordinance to only allow deliveries from approved dispensaries. Currently, the city says the business is illegal.

"Right now those would not be in compliance with city code," said Brad Wasson, revenue manager for city of Sacramento.

However, the companies disagree.

"They're saying it's not legal because there's no where in the law it says it is, but there's no where in the law that says it isn't," said Pedro Rivas, co-founder of GramUp, a service that partners with dispensaries to deliver marijuana.

GramUp serves several hundred people.

Rivas is concerned what will happen if he's unable to partner with a dispensary if the city revises the ordinance.

"We employ six, seven different people and not including all the local farmers and there are other delivery services that employ bigger than ours," Rivas said.

In the meantime many companies are operating business as usual unless they are notified otherwise.

(© 2016 KXTV)


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