By Bob Katzen
While retail marijuana stores are scheduled to open in July, the CCC last week voted 4-1 to delay the granting of licenses to companies that plan to provide home delivery of marijuana and to open pot cafés where people could smoke marijuana socially. The commission now has until October 31 to gather information on these services and until March 1, 2019 to adopt regulations and begin licensing them.
“There was hesitance and lack of confidence in how the process will play out,” said Commissioner Shaleen Title, the sponsor of the delays. “It’s important for our commission to develop relationships where people feel they can trust us … so if the delay allows us to do that without hurting marginalized communities, then I think everybody wins.”
“We hope that the governor, attorney general and other prohibition supporters show the proper respect for the sensible compromise fashioned by the commission today, and that they avoid all future pressure tactics,” said Jim Borghesani, Director of Communications for “Yes on 4” the group that spearheaded the campaign to legalize marijuana. “The commission must be allowed to implement the will of the voters without additional delays or interference.”