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, 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?
In its current draft, HB19-1234 would include the following regulations:
- Permitting for medical marijuana dispensaries begins Jan 2, 2020
- Permitting for recreational marijuana dispensaries begins Jan 2, 2021
- Deliveries are limited to one per day to private residences only
- Deliveries may NOT be made to college campuses
- Drivers making deliveries will be protected from criminal prosecution
- Deliveries can only be made to jurisdictions that have approved marijuana delivery
For driver and business protection, cannabis products must be kept safely locked during transport, driver routes will be carefully tracked, and the amount of product a driver can transport in a single run will be limited. Similarly, customers must sign for their order.
Cannabis delivery talks initially began in 2017, and while we all appreciate the caution Colorado lawmakers are applying to create a safe and sustainable system, we’re also ready to get the ball rolling on cannabis delivery.
Pros & Cons of Cannabis Delivery
Advocates of the new bill 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 drivers and dispensary owners.
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. These concerns are valid, and lawmakers have put a great deal of time and energy into developing processes that will help protect consumers and the cannabis industry.
For dispensaries that are able to obtain an endorsement and follow all regulations, pot delivery could be a game-changer. But even with the passing of this long-awaited bill, 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.
Karing Kind is Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
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 proud to be part of such a passionate, growing industry. We strive to offer a top-tier experience every time you order from us. Our wide selection of clean-grown bud, pure extracts, and mouthwatering 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 DAILY from 9am 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 Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.