A proposal in the Washington state legislature seeks to legalize recreational cannabis delivery services, KIRO 7 reports.
Proposed by Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-31st District) and Rep. Cary Condotta (R-12th District), House Bill 2368 would, as part of a two year pilot program, allow five licensed retail cannabis stores to provide cannabis delivery services. The bill would put the Liquor and Cannabis Board in charge of establishing the program, which would establish a framework for delivery requirements, ID verification training for the drivers and method of enforcement.
With Seattle planning a major crack down on black market cannabis delivery services that have been muscling in on the legal retail market, Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes pledged their support for the proposal on Tuesday.
Holmes believes this legislature will help shut down the illegal delivery services currently operating in Seattle. “The proposed pilot delivery program, along with increased enforcement of existing marijuana laws, will better protect customers, patients and business owners, while strengthening the legal marijuana industry.”
Washington’s Liquor and Cannabis Board recently estimated that 28% of the state’s marijuana trade was conducted on the black market.
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