By Sophie Quinton
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Those who support the delivery of marijuana say it simply makes it easier for medical marijuana patients to get their medicine and helps licensed marijuana businesses compete with the black market. However, those against say delivery could make it easier for kids to buy drugs and could turn delivery cars into targets for thieves.
It’s been legal to buy small amounts of marijuana in Colorado for over four years. But consumers can’t order buds, edibles or the marijuana concentrate called “shatter” through the mail, that’s illegal under federal law. And they can’t have weed delivered to their doorstep, like a pizza or an order of pad thai.
Lawmakers in Colorado and other states that pioneered recreational marijuana legalization have been reluctant to allow home delivery, even in an era when consumers are used to getting everything from diamond rings to toilet paper delivered.
Supporters say delivery makes it easier for medical marijuana patients to get their medicine, helps licensed marijuana businesses compete with the black market, and could reduce drugged driving.
Opponents say delivery could make it easier for kids to buy drugs and could turn delivery cars into targets for thieves.
Skeptics also say launching a risky service could attract unwanted federal attention.
Denver is concerned that marijuana delivery could cause additional safety issues and draw federal scrutiny, according to a statement from Eric Escudero, communications director for the city’s Department of Excises and Licenses.
Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Obama-era guidance that had told federal prosecutors not to target marijuana businesses that are licensed and regulated.
Colorado legislators last year rejected language in a bill that would have legalized marijuana delivery. Now they’re considering a pilot program instead. Democratic state Rep. Jonathan Singer, a sponsor of both bills, said the earlier proposal failed because it went too far, too fast, for some of his colleagues. The current bill is “a slow step in the right direction,” he said.