With the push of a button, there it is: legal cannabis delivered to your doorstep.
This could soon be the reality in Seattle, Washington if a new bill makes its way through the state legislature.
Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes are advocating for legal marijuana delivery services in Seattle, penning a statement on Tuesday.
The statement describes a pilot program which would allow up to five recreational shops to offer a way for customers to order weed without ever leaving their home or office.
When the state of Washington passed its recreational marijuana laws in 2012, there were no regulations established for a delivery framework.
But with existing illegal pot delivery services still operating in the Seattle region and not paying tax, officials say that they are “undercutting Washington state’s voter-approved legal marijuana market.”
“We must address illegal delivery services that are undermining I-502 and allow responsible businesses to offer delivery service in Seattle,” Murray said in a statement.
“The proposed pilot delivery program, along with increased enforcement of existing marijuana laws, will better protect customers, patients and business owners, while strengthening the legal marijuana industry.”
The effects of the mayor’s opinion are already being felt. Some local media outlets, like The Stranger, are already refusing to continue letting unlicensed marijuana delivery services advertise in their newspapers.
The Stranger strongly believes in legalization & a thriving retail market. We will be discontinuing unlicensed delivery service ads in Feb.
— Tim Keck (@timothykeck) January 19, 2016
House Bill 2368 would limit marijuana delivery to private residences and to Washington state residents over the age of 21.
Recreational pot shop employees would also be required to undergo training on proper verification of IDs.
This is good news for folks like Josiah Tullis, the University of Washington junior who launched a weed delivery startup called “Canary” back in 2014 that billed itself as the “Uber for pot” but has since been shut down due to new laws.
Washington would be the first state to roll out a recreational marijuana delivery framework.
Delivering alcohol, meanwhile, is legal in Washington, with companies like Drizly and Amazon offering ways to get booze to your door in one hour or less.