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Recreational Pot Delivery Is Coming to Portland

Maureen Meehan

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Considering that medical marijuana patients in Portland can have pot delivered to their doors, shouldn’t recreational users be given the same privilege?

Portland’s City Council thinks that sounds fine. It recently added a license for delivery-only cannabis businesses to a marijuana regulation plan to come up for a vote next week.

The so-called “marijuana retail couriers” would not be allowed to sell from storefronts. Already existing weed shops will also be able to deliver recreational pot under rules detailed by the state.

Adrian Wayman, co-founder of Green Box, a start-up online weed delivery service, told HIGH TIMES that there’s definitely a market for delivery of recreational pot products. He thinks the “chances are good that the City Council will approve it.”

In keeping with the Council’s proposed guidelines, Wayman ensured that his company “would work out of a warehouse, distribution hub… absolutely no public access.”

“I’m excited about the opportunity to enter into a market with much lower capital than the traditional dispensary environment,” Wayman said.

Like dispensaries and retailers, couriers would have to keep their headquarters at least 1,000 feet from a school, although they could still deliver to homes that are closer. They also must follow current rules that keep pot businesses at least 1,000 feet apart.

You gotta love the Portland City Council, which unanimously voted on the pot courier change, billing it as a way “to increase the opportunity for microbusiness entrepreneurs,” who are hoping to break into the marijuana market.

“It’s great to see small businesses starting in the community, trying to do this the right way, and working with us trying to figure out the regulatory issues as we go along,” Mayor Charlie Hales said, according to Oregonlive.com.

Home deliveries could receive orders only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no deliveries allowed after 9 p.m.

The council also added three other licenses: one for growers who cultivate no more than 625 square feet of pot; one for those who grow up to 1,250 square feet; and a third for “micro-wholesalers” who buy seeds or immature plants from other micro-producers for resale.

Other amendments included setting hours of operation for legal weed businesses to match the state’s hours that oversee liquor sales, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

After all, it’s only fair.

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