Due in part to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its attendant stay-at-home encouragement, delivery has become a hot-button issue in the cannabis industry. Tracking with consumer sales trends in other commercial spaces (food, home goods), cannabis has become a category that many consumers now connect to the idea of delivery.
But it’s not yet a staple of the fragmented cannabis industry in the U.S., where differing state regulations set up an irregular business-to-consumer relationship across state lines.
The following states allow cannabis delivery under a specific regulatory regime, either via a retail license or a specific delivery license: Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
“The reason that we’re doing that is because we really, through this license, the entire purpose of the limited delivery license was to try to create a pathway that included lower barriers to entry and by providing for this waiver, we really want to foster those lower barriers and create opportunities as a priority with this license,” Cannabis Control Commissioner Britte McBride said.
Other states, such as Alaska and Washington, have generally allowed a gray-market approach to cannabis delivery services—loose regulatory language that greenlights the delivery of cannabis “gifts.” And in Pennsylvania, for instance, a delivery structure was implemented quickly to accommodate the fallout from the pandemic.