§ 5311. Requirements for the Transportation of Cannabis Goods
The following requirements apply when transporting cannabis goods between licensees or
(a) Transportation shall only be conducted by persons holding a distributor license under the Act,
or employees of those persons.
(b) All vehicles transporting cannabis goods for hire shall be required to have a motor carrier
permit pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 34620) of Division 14.85 of the Vehicle
(c) Transportation by means of aircraft, watercraft, drone, rail, human powered vehicle, and
unmanned vehicle is prohibited.
(d) Cannabis goods shall only be transported inside of a vehicle or trailer and shall not be visible
or identifiable from outside of the vehicle or trailer.
(e) Cannabis goods shall be locked in a box, container, or cage that is secured to the inside of the
vehicle or trailer. For purposes of this section, the inside of the vehicle includes the trunk.
(f) While left unattended, vehicles and trailers shall be locked and secured.
(g) A distributor shall not leave a vehicle or trailer containing cannabis goods unattended in a
residential area or parked overnight in a residential area.
(h) At a minimum, a distributor shall have a vehicle alarm system on all transport vehicles and
trailers. Motion detectors, pressure switches, duress, panic, and hold-up alarms may also be used.
(i) Packages or containers holding cannabis goods shall not be tampered with, or opened, during
(j) A distributor transporting cannabis goods shall only travel between licensees shipping or
receiving cannabis goods and its own licensed premises when engaged in the transportation of
cannabis goods. The distributor may transport multiple shipments of cannabis goods at once in
accordance with applicable laws. A distributor shall not deviate from the travel requirements
described in this section, except for necessary rest, fuel, or vehicle repair stops.
(k) Under no circumstances may non-cannabis goods, except for cannabis accessories as defined
in Business and Professions Code section 26001(g), be transported with cannabis goods.
(l) Vehicles and trailers transporting cannabis goods are subject to inspection by the Bureau at
any licensed premises or during transport at any time.
(m) Notwithstanding subsections (d) and (e) of this section, if it is not operationally feasible to
transport cannabis goods inside of a vehicle or trailer because the licensed premises that the
cannabis goods will be transported from and the licensed premises that will be receiving the
cannabis goods are located within the same building or on the same parcel of land, the cannabis
goods may be transported by foot, hand truck, fork lift, or other similar means. A shipping
manifest that complies with this division is required when transporting cannabis goods pursuant
to this subsection.
Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26070, Business
and Professions Code.