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Marijuana: Pick-up or delivery?

February 12, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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As Colorado residents are going out to purchase recreational marijuana at the local shops that have opened this year, those who live in Washington don't have that opportunity -- retail outlets in the state will not begin to open until spring or summer this year. However, residents who have a desire to get their hands on some of the recreational marijuana need not to worry because they can now get marijuana delivered to their doorstep -- as easy as Chinese food or pizza.

According to Time, one of these delivery operations is called Winterlife Cooperative Cannabis Delivery Service. The company's website states, "We strive to provide quality, comfort and convenience to any person seeking a safe and legitamate source for recreational and/or medicinal Cannabis." Any person that's over 21, that is (The FAQ states that the person must be 21 and have a photo ID to show). The website offers a menu for customers to choose from and includes products such as THC-infused edibles, "rock candy," and "purple kush." There is a minimum order of $50 and the company informs customers that it will be approximately 45 minutes after the call is placed that their order will be delivered. 

It seems there are a very parts/pieces to this very interesting puzzle:

The legal part: Is this legal? ...I'm not totally sure. According to Seattle Times article, a police officer says, "It's not legal," but it doesn't seem that law enforcement will really do anything about it. The same article later states that an initiative was approved by the city's voters in 2003 that "made enforcement of adult use of marijuana the lowest prioirt for Seattle police." Winterlife's website even makes it seem that the company understands what it is doing isn't quite in accordance with the law. 

Here's what the website claims:

"Under the terms of I-502 it is now legal for adults over the age of 21 to purchase, possess and consume Cannabis products. However, due in large part to a corrupt and ineffecient legislative system, safe and reliable access to Cannabis is largely unavailable to the general public who voted for legalization." (In other words, they're here to save the day.)

They go on to talk about how the organization agrees with the Washington voters and therefore will be "good samaritan critters" and continue to provide "safe, reliable and legally defendable service for as long as it takes for ALL adults in Washington to have access to cannabis."

The strange part: Did you notice how they referred to their employees as "critters" in the above statement? Those who answer phones and show up to consumer's doorsteps are referred to as Fox, Owl, Wombat, Otter, etc. Why? Maybe to keep the people who work there safe and slightly inconspicuous. 



Shannon Brys

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