At least six cannabis delivery drivers in San Diego were caught in sting operations earlier this week by the cops. In a plot out of the ‘To Catch A Predator’ playbook, deputies posed as patients making online orders and set up deliveries to the Carlton Oaks Country Club. Four males and two female drivers were charged with misdemeanor transportation of marijuana and all vehicles were impounded. Although the orders passed inspection as they submitted valid medical marijuana doctor’s recommendations for the state of California, commercial cannabis activity is still currently illegal in San Diego county.
President of the San Diego Cannabis Delivery Alliance argued that the operation served as little more than another grandiose publicity stunt by local authorities out to target otherwise law abiding cannabis business. “A sting operation at a country club is grandstanding. Public shaming only serves to fuel the divide between law enforcement and the cannabis industry.” she continued warning “We’re recommending to everyone in San Diego right now, to not accept new patients while these sting operations are going on.” Her statement went on to advocate for delivery services as not only a safe alternative to businesses operating under current federal banking restrictions but also as an incredibly important service to disabled to handicapped patients otherwise lacking access to cannabis. The sting is also considered egregious as currently unlicensed cannabis dispensaries operate rampant across the city.
Police in Santee, San Diego reported receiving complaints regarding the delivery services purportedly causing violence and other assorted vagrancies. Capt. Hank Turner told Leafly via email. “Robbery is up substantially in San Diego County this year. This is one strategy out of half a dozen we are using.” Although there could be just as much correlation to the rise of opioid and fentanyl related overdoses in the county, officers have in this case chosen to go after low level delivery drivers.