Shasta County cannabis dispensary reacts to new marijuana regulations


On Thursday, California lawmakers finalized a new set of permanent marijuana regulations for the state, offering dispensary owners a long-term solution to the temporary regulations they've been working with since last year.

However, one change, specifically permitting cannabis deliveries across the state, has been met with mixed reviews in Shasta County.

"This is about allowing people to have access to a natural and amazing plant, that can help you with a multitude of things that you have going on in your life," said Leave it to Nature owner Stacey Lidie.

Lidie owns Leave it to Nature dispensary in the City of Shasta Lake. She said although she is still working through the new marijuana regulations for California, she already knows cannabis delivery is not for her shop.

"I'm not going to. Certainly not at this time because the city I'm located in, the City of Shasta Lake, which has been wonderful and supportive of the cannabis industry. Out of respect for them I would never do something they wouldn't want me to do," Lidie said.

She said for Leave it to Nature, it is all about respecting the community where they operate but she also sees the value of having delivery as an option.

"Great for my consumers that really need that access and are treating for things that prevent them from coming in. But no, this is more than I need," Lidie said.

One customer outside of the business agreed that she thinks it could be a useful option for other recreational and medical patients.

"I think it would be good for them to get it delivered because like I said, some people can't come out here. Or, it's closed by the time they get off work. Sometimes they just never have enough time in life with working, having to come home and do things. That I think it would be beneficial," said Sydney Montenegro, customer at Leave it to Nature.

For now, Lidie said she will stick to the drive-thru window she installed at the dispensary to help accommodate her customers with special restrictions.

"We're about patient care here. Even though it's 'recreational.' The overwhelming majority of the people we see here are treating for something," Lidie said.

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