Delivery drivers are heroes. At least, they perform heroic deeds. Their efforts feed the hungry and help keep intoxicated drivers off the road. They push their vehicles – and themselves – to the proverbial limit. And, they do all of this without expecting a thank you (though a good tip is always appreciated). They don’t wear tights or capes, but they don’t need to.
And, with the introduction of a new bill in the Colorado Senate, these heroes may be expanding their services to marijuana delivery. Colorado, start your engines! Then turn them off and relax, because your weed is on the way.
How Would Home Delivery Work?
A few possible regulations we can expect if SB 192 passes, based on the Oregon bill it was modeled after:
- Marijuana retailers will only be able to deliver in the city they are licensed in.
- Marijuana must be transported in a locked box that is secured to the delivery vehicle.
- Drivers can only transport a total of $3,000 worth of product at one time.
- Driver route must be carefully tracked.
- Retailers will only be allowed to deliver to residential homes: no hotels, campgrounds, resorts, or college dorms.
- Customers must sign for their order.
- Local jurisdictions would NOT be able to prohibit delivery from a licensed cannabis business with the proper delivery endorsements.
If the bill passes, medical marijuana could be delivered as early as January of 2018, with recreational deliveries beginning the following year.
Pros & Cons of Cannabis Delivery
Advocates of Senate Bill 192 argue that home delivery would help reduce DUIs and help sick patients who don’t always have access to dispensaries. But, support for the bill doesn’t stop there. Within the text of the bill is a stipulation legislators have added to protect recreational dispensary owners. Essentially, SB 192 would allow recreational dispensaries to more easily reclassify their business as a medical dispensary in the case of a change in federal marijuana enforcement.
Opponents of the bill tend to approach their arguments from one of two angles. Individuals who are opposed to recreational marijuana don’t want to see the industry expand. There are also a number of potential risks associated with marijuana delivery, despite extensive regulations. Some individuals believe weed delivery will make it easier for minors to obtain. Others believe weed delivery drivers are more likely to be victims of crime.
A number of opponents take no particular issue with pot delivery, but question the prudence of allowing recreational dispensary owners to transition their inventory to a medical dispensary. They argue that – because medical marijuana is taxed at a much lower rate than recreational marijuana – the bill could cost Colorado tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Whether the bill passes the Senate and House remains to be seen. And, even if it does pass, the effect may not be as overwhelming as anticipated. Alcohol delivery is legal in many states, for example, yet the service remains relatively rare, thanks in no small part to the extremely harsh penalties if a liquor store is caught delivering to minors. For dispensaries that are able to obtain an endorsement and follow all regulations, pot delivery could be a game-changer.
There are certain words and phrases that are guaranteed to make people happy. “Your food will be right out.” “This one’s on the house.” And soon, “Our driver will have your cannabis over to you shortly.”
Karing Kind is Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
Karing Kind is Boulder’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, and we’re proud to be part of such a passionate, growing industry. We strive to offer a top-tier experience every time you enter our store. Our wide selection of organic bud, concentrates, and edibles, along with our award-winning budtenders and the lowest marijuana tax rate in the state, makes us the perfect Colorado cannabis destination.
Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open MON-FRI from 9am to 10pm and SAT-SUN from 10am to 10pm.
While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates, edibles, salves and tinctures, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month. Check our menu and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.