Next Up For Legal Pot? Marijuana At Your Doorstep | New York Post

Photo: AP SEATTLE William Jackrabbit Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesnt offer: marijuana. The thin, bespectacled Large is a delivery man for Winterlife, a Seattle company that is among a group of new businesses pushing the limits of Washington states recreational pot industry by offering to bring marijuana to almost any doorstep. Its an opportunity that should not be missed, Large says with the kind of fast-talking voice meant for radio. Evan Cox, co-founder of Winterlife.Photo: AP While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states pot laws. An employee who goes by the nickname Jaguar, packages marijuana inside Winterlifes office.Photo: AP Winterlifes business model is a felony under Washington state law, which allows only the sale of pot grown by licensed producers at licensed retail shops. Lawmakers should consider changing that, said Alison Holcomb, the author of the 2012 voter initiative that legalized the recreational use of pot, because providing more ways to access marijuana will help push people to the legal pot market. In Colorado, where marijuana regulations require sales to be done in licensed dispensaries, theres a flourishing market online for marijuana deliveries made in exchange for donations. The law allows adults over 21 to give one another up to an ounce of marijuana, provided it is done without remuneration. The only known case of criminal charges brought against a Colorado delivery service came last year, when the owner of a pot-for-donations service in the Colorado Springs area faced felony distribution charges. He committed suicide before trial. A Winterlife customer displays dried marijuana, a pot-infused chocolate bar, and a marijuana truffle that she purchased outside her home.Photo: AP In Washington, where the legal pot industry kicked off last week, companies like Winterlife jumped into fill demand from consumers for marijuana while the state spent the past 19 months building the regulations and licensing growers and retailers. A map showing delivery areas in Seattle hangs in the phone room at the WInterlife office.Photo: AP Winterlife co-founder Evan Cox, a vegan and bicyclist enthusiast, began by advertising on Craigslist and made deliveries.
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