As someone who’s in the business of legally transporting cannabis for sale, you’re probably aware that since officially becoming legal in California in January 2018, there are now a lot of rules and regulations involved in the industry. This also means there is a lot to remember, and sometimes certain steps and processes can be easily overlooked.
Below are 3 myths you should be aware of so that you stay legal when transporting your cannabis product.
Myth #1: As an entity and/or individual properly licensed to transport marijuana for sale, you're not required to keep any records of my travels while transporting marijuana.
How to stay legal: The delivery driver must maintain a log of all stops from the time they leave until the time they return to licensed premises, as well as the reason for each stop, and must submit this report.
Myth #2: You can transport non-cannabis goods/accessories in the same vehicle that cannabis goods/accessories for sale are also being transported.
How to stay legal: Under no circumstance may non-cannabis goods/accessories be transported with cannabis goods/accessories.
Note: “Cannabis goods” refers to any products containing cannabis, including dried flower.
“Cannabis accessories” means any equipment, products or materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, smoking, vaporizing, or containing cannabis, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing cannabis or cannabis products into the human body.
Myth #3: A vehicle being used to transport marijuana for sale is not required to have an alarm system.
How to stay legal: At a minimum, a licensed distributor shall have a vehicle alarm system on all transport vehicles and trailers. At their discretion, motion detectors, pressure switches, duress, panic, and hold-up alarms may also be used.
“Vehicle alarm system” is defined as a device or series of devices installed to discourage theft of the vehicle or its contents and is intended to summon general attention or to summon law enforcement as a result of an indication of an attempted breach of the vehicle.
Transporting cannabis products safely and legally is critical to the success of your business. With the new California regulations in place, secure transport is crucial to stay compliant and avoid getting ticketed – or even worse – losing your license.
For distributors and transporters, all the requirements can make it seem like an armored car is the only option. However, van conversion companies are bringing in new business by finding ways to meet these new requirements. The vehicle of choice is an already-designed custom of the Ford Transit Van or Ford Connect, that can be converted to meet the transportation needs of the Cannabis industry.
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