The legalization of weed in Washington has brought an onslaught of marijuana delivery services, and none of them are legal. This is why Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement through his policy manager last Wednesday vowing to take action against them.
Jason Kelly is a spokesman for the mayor’s office. He said that the new actions against these illicit delivery services will, “ensure minors don’t have access to marijuana and to ensure medical marijuana operations are serving patients that have appropriate medical authorizations.”
According to the Mayor’s Policy Manager David Mendoza, this issue is spiraling out of control for the city. He says that between 7 and 10 marijuana delivery services advertise in The Stranger each week, many of them targeting tourists and buyers without medical cards. A quick Craigslist search confirms that there are an abundance of the services (some of them open 24 hours) still operating without remorse. Mendoza says, “They’re continuing to grow. There is no provision for them. We feel we should close them down.”
Even with the legality of cannabis in the state, the city will begin a well-measured approach to shut down illegally operating services. David Mendoza said that the first strike and would mean they seize your product and tell you to close. Subsequent infractions would result in arrests according to the Mayor’s office.
It seems evident that the Seattle Mayor is only aiming to curb the spread of the delivery services, and not shut down weed in the city. However, with the very limited amount of licensed recreational stores currently operating it is likely that many consumers will turn to ‘grey market’ delivery services that operate without proper licensing.
Improvements to the regulatory system in Washington state are coming, but not quickly enough. There are still some bumps in the road ahead for Washington State as their first full year of legalization unfolds. Presumably they will learn from each bump in the road.
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