In San Diego, only licensed marijuana dispensaries can operate delivery services. Those dispensaries are only allowed to operate in approved zones in the city.
During a quick review of online advertisers, NBC 7 identified dozens of unlicensed delivery services advertising business outside of those zones on Tuesday. The advertisements often operate much like Uber, showing users exactly where a person delivering marijuana is nearby in a vehicle, making it easy for those drivers to become targets for crime, according to police.
NBC 7 Investigates developed a computer program to monitor marijuana ads posted online and found more than 400 postings since September 2017.
Since August 2017, the SDPD has issued 15 search warrants, made 34 arrests, confiscated 230 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash during their targeted enforcements of illegal delivery services, according to a document available on the city’s website.