Massachusetts is the only state that demands marijuana delivery drivers wear body cameras when making a drop.
With our love of delivery and being able to purchase anything from the comfort of our couch, it was only a matter of time before marijuana home delivery became a topic worth discussing.
Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states, with variations between the laws in each one. Some of these states allow for marijuana home delivery, including those with the biggest marijuana markets, such as Nevada, California and Oregon. Home delivery has stirred some predictable issues, with some California residents criticizing the fact that marijuana can be delivered to neighborhoods and areas where the drug was banned.
Massachusetts, however, has taken a different approach, enforcing the use of bodycams on drivers whenever they have to make a delivery. These types of cameras are the ones normally used by policemen.
The rule, submitted in November, requires that transactions and customers be filmed, giving law enforcers access to the recordings if there’s a robbery or a felony committed.
“That footage would be protected. It could only be accessed by a court order or a search warrant or through a constitutionally valid search procedure,” explained commissioner Shaleen Title.
In order to comply with the rule, delivery drivers must turn on their cameras when they are out of the vehicle and the recording must be held by the company who made the product for a period of 30 days.
Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana in 2018, and has since become one of the states with the strictest drug regulations. There are only 26 dispensaries in the state, forcing customers to make long lines due to overcrowding. In many instances, purchasing marijuana illegally is easier and more effective.
The use of bodycams was criticized by the cannabis industry, which explained that the measure is expensive, invasive and completely unnecessary. Alcohol deliveries don’t require drivers to wear body cameras. If recreational marijuana is legal, why is there such a fuss about the possible mishandling of a marijuana package?