Sorry California, No Cannabis Delivery Drones For You

September 13, 2017

12:20 pm

As technology evolves, the potential for innovative ideas to meaningful change everyday life is infinite. Between improving smartphone technology, artificially intelligent robots, and facial recognition-powered emojis, there’s no denying the world is getting more futuristic by the second. Unfortunately for Californians though, cannabis delivery drones is now on the list of prohibited technological advancements.

The Bureau of Cannabis Control in California has recently announced the means by which cannabis can be transported legally throughout the state, and tragically delivery drones have been left off the list.

“The Bureau’s regulations will detail safety and security provisions that distributors must comply with when transporting cannabis or cannabis products,” reads the Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing Program Regulations. “Cannabis goods will be required to be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers.”

The regulations go on to specific that drones are not the only means of transportation prohibited from moving cannabis from one place to another. Aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human-powered vehicles or unmanned vehicles were all left of the list, which must make some drone enthusiasts feel at least a little bit better.

Let’s be honest with each other, California: this was a bit of a stretch. Even Amazon, with their sprawling empire of influence and resource, can’t get the approval it needs to deliver toothpaste and toilet paper, let alone drugs that are technically illegal from a federal standpoint. Yes, the legalization of cannabis was a step in the right direction, but even Tanzania, the largest drone delivery country in the world, would have trouble selling unmanned flying drug dealers to its government.

As hard as it will be to admit, cannabis delivery drones might be a pipe dream for another day. After all, smugglers have begun attempting to fly drones over the border with much worse than cannabis, so the convenience of not having to leave your apartment might not be worth the risk.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at

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