01.03.2017
policy

Portland City Council Says You Can Produce Weed, and Deliver It Too

The city's updated marijuana code will put pot on wheels, legally.

If a young professional, or even a partially employed creative, can have dinner delivered to the doorstep after a few swipes on a smartphone, those apex consumers should be able to procure weed in the same fashion. At least that’s how the Portland, Oregon, City Council feels. The local governing board voted in December to allow courier businesses to produce their own pot products, as well as deliver said weedy goods, by establishing a courier retail license.

The update to Portland’s city weed code establishes the first fully sanctioned cannabis delivery in the country. 

According to Oregon Live

“The City Council voted unanimously on the courier change and other amendments, billed in city documents as a way ‘to increase the opportunity’ for ‘microbusiness entrepreneurs’ hoping to break into the marijuana market.”

In other weed-legal states, such as California, which passed recreational adult use in 2016, and in Colorado where rec has been on the books since 2012, commercial cannabis delivery is quasi-legal, if not outright banned. This regulatory snafu has done little to stymie investment money from flowing into the delivery sector of the cannabis world, but it does leave operators open to risk. 

As KINDLAND previously reported: “In late 2015, after 19 years of failing to enact any statewide regulations surrounding medical cannabis, lawmakers passed a trio of regulatory bills known as the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). Slated to fully take effect in 2018, the MMRSA allows for weed delivery services under a specific set of conditions, but ultimately leaves the decision of whether or not to permit them to local jurisdictions.”

Updates voted into Portland’s marijuana code by the City Council were reportedly made to increase entrepreneur access to the industry. The changes include extending business hours for retailers, and easing the transition from medical-only businesses to the recreational space.

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