Food delivery subscriptions are becoming wildly popular in the U.S. And typically, things go smoothly. But every once in a while, customers might receive a delivery they were not expecting. That’s exactly what happened to a woman in Greene County, New York, who recently opened a mail order box of snacks to discover that it was full of weed.
A Surprise Delivery
According to local news sources, Jeanine Mulholland ran into her surprise delivery at some point toward the end of last week. The way Mulholland describes it, her 11 year old son opened a box from Graze, which sends them bi-monthly snack deliveries.
Typically, the boxes from Graze are filled with a variety of healthy snacks. But this box was different. There were reportedly multiple sealed packages of marijuana laying on top of the usual snacks.
After discovering the unexpected delivery, Mulholland called Graze and local law enforcement.
Graze reportedly reviewed their security footage. Representatives from the company said it didn’t look like anyone had tampered with the package in their facilities.
As of now, police are investigating the case. So far, they haven’t figured out how the cannabis got into the snack box or who put it there.
Mulholland said she’s been a Graze subscriber for around six months. After this most recent delivery, she has put her subscription on hold.
Cannabis in the Mail
It’s not uncommon for people to ship marijuana in the mail. In fact, there has been an increase in the amount of weed being shipped in the mail over the past few years. For example, U.S. Postal Service workers intercepted 34,000 pounds of cannabis in the mail in 2015.
When things go wrong with a mail shipment of flower, it can get a little messy. Most immediately, there’s the confusion that comes when a person like Mulholland opens a package to discover a bunch of herb.
Beyond that, botched shipments can often lead to criminal busts and arrests. For example, a 32 year old man in Connecticut got in legal trouble earlier this year when authorities caught him shipping 1,500 packs of weed-infused gummies in the mail.
But it’s not just individuals who sometimes get in trouble for shipping weed. Every once in a while, mail busts lead to much larger crackdowns. That’s exactly what happened in Canada earlier this summer.
In June, Canadian authorities busted what they said was a full-fledged mail order drug ring. The operation apparently used a website where customers could place orders. Those orders were then sent to customers’ homes directly through the mail.
Although slightly different than mail order drugs, the concept of home delivery weed services is actually fairly commonplace. There are already companies in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada that offer these services to customers.
Similarly, in places like Washington D.C., cannabis sellers have found ways to use legal loopholes to make home cannabis deliveries. The most classic approach is to sell and deliver a legal product such as juice or clothing. Then, when a customer purchases the legal product, the seller also throws in a special “thank you gift” which is also delivered directly to the customer’s door.