City leaders in Seattle are backing a new bill in the state legislature that would allow for the development of a pilot program involving legal marijuana delivery services in cities with a population over 650,000.
Right now marijuana delivery is illegal in the state, but this hasn’t stopped some two-dozen illegal delivery services from popping up in Seattle. City Attorney Pete Holmes, who supported the measure that legalized recreational cannabis in Washington in 2012 (I-502), is warning the illegal delivery services that their business needs to end.
"The best advice I can give someone that’s engaging in these illegal activities is to cease and desist immediately," Holmes said. "Don't just go underground. Stop these operations or you are going to have to do it the hard way."
The bill — HB 2368 — would allow for five licenses for businesses to participate in a two-year pilot program. The program would start sometime in the spring if the bill makes it through the legislature and the Governor signs it. The five licenses would go to retailers who already have licenses under I-502.
Delivery services are the future, along with the apps that go with them. The sooner that states and cities (where cannabis is legal) start allowing them, the sooner the industry can find its footing and entrepreneurs can find the best ways to grow their business.
States like Washington and Colorado continue to carve a path through the forest known as cannabis legalization. They are showing others the way to do things and, in some cases, not to do things. At the very least they are progressing forward and trying to increase access to the supply of legal cannabis.
It’s more momentum for the marijuana law reform movement.