Patients could get medical marijuana delivered to their door

Patients could get medical marijuana delivered to their door

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OLYMPIA — Washington is looking at allowing medical marijuana patients to place an order and get cannabis delivered to their home. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is conducting a study on how to set up and operate a delivery system with an eye to ensuring pot doesn’t wind up in the wrong hands. Lawmakers requested the analysis in the supplemental state budget approved last month. They want a report with recommendations by Dec. 1. “It is a way to eliminate one of the barriers between people who need this for their medical condition and their ability to get it,” said Rep. Shelley Kloba , D-Kirkland, who had authored a separate bill for a study. Ever since Washington voters legalized marijuana in 2012, people have been asking for home delivery, said Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Liquor and Cannabis Board. It’s not garnered a lot of attention as the state grew its recreational marijuana industry then merged it with the previously unregulated medical marijuana market. Rather, the focal point has been making sure the growing, processing and sale of cannabis is carried out in line with federal guidelines aimed at curbing diversion of product into the black market and away from juveniles. Home delivery brings a new set of challenges, Smith said. “It is very difficult to monitor a transaction at someone’s home as compared to a licensed business that we have access to,” he said. Lawmakers want the agency to study how to develop and implement a system of delivering medical marijuana to qualified patients from properly licensed retailers. Today, there are 290 retailers in Washington with a state-issued endorsement to sell medical marijuana products. There are about 18,000 active patients, according to the state Department of Health. Among issues the study must consider are how to […]

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