Ordering marijuana could soon be as easy as ordering pizza in Colorado, according to lawmakers drafting a bill for a pilot program that would allow marijuana deliveries.
Democrat Rep. Jonathan Singer has joined forces with Constitutional Conservative Sen. Tim Neville to create a bill that would allow a pilot program for weed deliveries.
California has had legislation allowing medical marijuana to be delivered for years and now Colorado is looking to follow suit. The pilot program allowed for in the bill would give three Colorado cities up to 15 delivery licenses.
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The licenses would be handed out to dispensaries and companies looking to offer the delivery service. Neville said in a statement, "We’ve said this is medicine. People may suffer from cancer or another illness and not be able to go out."
He also emphasized the bill is different from the one drafted last year. In this most current draft, the delivery proposal is a standalone bill with guardrails on the geographic range of the deliveries.
The bill also limits the number of licensed operations and the length the trial period will run. One dispensary employee named Leisa Cole criticized the bill citing dangers to the security of drivers.
"I personally wouldn’t feel safe delivering," Cole said. "Since we are not allowed to bank, it’s an all-cash business."
The archaic attitude towards marijuana among federal lawmakers has prevented marijuana businesses from taking digital payment or using banks to store their profit.
Once a license applicant is approved, the state-licensed delivery provider would be allowed to pick up medical or recreational marijuana products from a licensed dispensary or store and deliver the products to recipients bearing medical marijuana cards or ID showing they are 21 or older.
Neville added he plans to spend the next several weeks educating lawmakers on how this can be done safely.
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