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One thing drones won't be delivering in California: marijuana

Marijuana will soon be legal in the Golden State, but don't expect your future dispensary order to be delivered by one high-tech method: drones.

California's Bureau of Cannabis Control has ordained that cannabis and cannabis products must be transported inside commercial vehicles or trailers.

The bureau has ruled out delivery by "aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles." This last point also means self-driving cars won't be dropping off your herb, either. 

This puts an end to some startups' California dreams of delivering weed via drone, as Ars Technica points out. MDelivers, Eaze and Trees Delivery are among several companies that have announced or demonstrated drone drop-offs.

While California residents won't have marijuana delivered to their doorstep by drone anytime soon, there are plenty of other goods taking to the skies. 

Amazon is working on Prime Air drone delivery for orders, and Dominos successfully delivered a pizza by drone in late 2016. Google, Walmart and 7-11 are all also developing drone delivery methods. Hmmm, we're sensing a munchies conspiracy here...

Michelle was previously a news editor at TechRadar, leading consumer tech news and reviews. Michelle is now a Content Strategist at Facebook.  A versatile, highly effective content writer and skilled editor with a keen eye for detail, Michelle is a collaborative problem solver and covered everything from smartwatches and microprocessors to VR and self-driving cars.