Pot Deliveries: The Impact on Fresno

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The Bureau of Cannabis Control has ruled marijuana deliveries can be made across the state. That creates a quandary for cities like Fresno where recreational pot is banned.     

Under the new regulations, marijuana deliveries for medicinal or recreational purposes can be made anywhere and everywhere in California. Even in cities like Fresno, where the sale of recreational pot is not allowed.  

Fresno police chief Jerry Dyer has a problem with that.  “Number one, we don’t know who is coming into our city delivering marijuana.  Where they got that marijuana, whether they’re armed and who they are,” Dyer says.  

Chief Dyer says he accepts medicinal marijuana in Fresno, but is concerned about outside deliveries coming in.  He fears the added crime that could target the delivery people themselves.

“What we recommend for individuals who are going to be delivering marijuana that they have safeguards in place,” he says.

Fresno City Councilman Clint Olivier says he has fears about the deliveries too. Not about the crime possibilities, but rather how Fresno will be missing out financially.

“Any tax revenue that is generated from the sale of that cannabis comes out of Fresno and goes into Woodlake, or Coalinga, or Mendota, or Parlier,” says Olivier.

Olivier says like it or not, cannabis is here to stay. He’s hopeful the new city council in January will understand what Fresno stands to lose.  

“We have to stand up for our city first. We have to protect our neighborhoods first. The alternative is to send tens of millions of dollars in cannabis tax revenues out to other cities,” Olivier says.

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