State regulators on Tuesday struck an agreement on new language around the requirement that marijuana delivery drivers record all transactions on a body camera and that the footage be made available to law enforcement officials investigating a crime.
The language, a product of Commissioners Shaleen Title and Britte McBride, was adopted unanimously by the Cannabis Control Commission into the agency’s newest set of regulations for the recreational marijuana industry.
The requirement that drivers wear a body camera any time they are outside their delivery vehicle — which is also required to have cameras — and record all transactions caught significant flak at public hearings on the proposed regulations this summer, and commissioners have wrestled to find a balance between public safety and individual privacy rights.
Video of delivery transactions would be stored for at least 30 days and must be made available to the CCC or law enforcement if requested.
The language adopted Tuesday would make clear that the footage is not to be shared with any third parties not authorized to receive it under the CCC’s regulations, but that a licensee “shall make video footage available to a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity” with a court order or search warrant. McBride said that the CCC, which is attempting to establish a legal framework for delivery activity that is already ubiquitous in the illicit industry, relies on good relationships with law enforcement to succeed but also heard the privacy concerns raised by the public.
The commission adopted the new language unanimously and then approved its final draft of new regulations for the adult-use side of the marijuana sector by a vote of 4-1 with Commissioner Jen Flanagan dissenting.
The CCC is also voted unanimously to approve new medical marijuana regulations Tuesday.
This is a developing story.