Back in the day, marijuana delivery meant your weed dealer rolling up at your place. Today, it’s basically the same thing, except in some places, that “dealer” is operating in full compliance of his or her state’s medical or recreational laws. (Sorry, people who don’t live in such progressive states.) But technology has brought us the Uber for Weed.

The definition of “weed delivery” has changed over time. But lawmakers aren’t yet ready to change along with it.

Many cities ban weed delivery — Los Angeles is one, and Seattle, where cannabis is legal for recreational use, is another. There, Washington Initiative 502 decrees that thou shalt not chill at home, eating Cheetos and watching Adult Swim, while a delivery person brings weed right to your door. Nope, if you want buds you’ve got to get yourself to the club, which I’ve got to say is slightly more dangerous in such a condition.

A number of startups, though, have tried to evade the ban. By claiming they’re just tech companies, these businesses can argue that they’re not selling the weed, but independent contractors to whom they outsource are.

Still, the only real way to break the law is by staying off the authorities’ radar. And unfortunately, it’s super easy to track your Uber — even an Uber for weed.


Just to clarify, when I say “Uber for weed,” I’m talking not about Uber, but Nestdrop, an alcohol delivery service that tried and failed (for now) in Los Angeles to  take on the marijuana market, too. Even though the company said their delivery service was just “communication technology,” a judge put the kibosh on Nestdrop, saying they can’t operate in L.A. anymore.

Maybe delivering marijuana isn’t quite legal right now, but it would be wise for lawmakers to consider revising Proposition D, which prohibits the service. After all, it’s way safer for a patient — or a stoner — to avoid driving while high, and what better way to guarantee that? [Image credit]

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