A year after the Colorado legislature opened the door for medical marijuana dispensaries to conduct home deliveries, a Boulder shop is set to become the first in the state to offer the service.
A spokeswoman for the shop told the newspaper that patients will be able to schedule deliveries on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning at the end of the month.
“The state rightfully prioritized the medical patient community for cannabis delivery, many of whom suffer from illness, pain and mobility issues,” Fender said in a statement, as reported by the Denver Post. “With permission from both municipal and state regulators, we are excited to begin the first-ever legal cannabis delivery service in Colorado… We are hopeful other jurisdictions will follow their lead and opt-in to medical delivery as soon as possible.”
The home delivery service was made possible by HB19-1234, a bill that was passed by the Colorado state legislature last year. The bill created “marijuana delivery permits for licensed medical marijuana centers and transporters and licensed retail marijuana stores and transporters that allow the centers, stores, and transporters to deliver medical marijuana, medical marijuana-infused products, retail marijuana, and retail marijuana products to customers,” while giving the state “licensing authority [and] rule-making authority over the permit and delivery system.”
According to the Denver Post, the bill “left it to municipalities to decide whether to opt in and allow [home deliveries].”
The coronavirus pandemic has forced marijuana dispensaries in other parts of the country to rethink how it gets its products to customers, with some form of delivery being considered as preferable alternatives to in-store transactions. In Illinois, the state’s Department of Financial and Professional Regulation unveiled new guidelines this week to allow medical marijuana dispensaries “to sell medical cannabis on the dispensary’s property or on a public walkway or curb adjacent to the dispensary.”
Those new rules will be in effect until March 30.