The Western region of the US continues to spearhead the legal cannabis movement. With Colorado and Washington being the first states to ever legalize the plant, burgeoning cannabis markets in eastern regions look to this cluster of marijuana pioneers for the latest trends. However, cannabis laws can be a little bit confusing. Although this region is the birthplace of legal marijuana, there are a couple of states wedged between that aren’t as friendly to cannabis users.
Currently, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, and since just this month, Utah, have legalized the recreational use and purchase of cannabis from licensed dispensaries for users over 21. The rest of the region largely supports some type of medical marijuana program for patients with qualifying conditions that can range anywhere from Cancer, to PHD, to Crohn’s disease. However, there are two states in the midst of all the green that still keep extremely strict laws around the plant: Wyoming and Idaho, where even the use of CBD has serious restrictions, (unless you are susceptible to seizures in Wyoming, but even then, there’s no place to easily buy it in the state).
One of the largest trends we’re seeing from the West that’s been grabbing the attention of vendors and customers alike are cannabis delivery services. California by far leads the way on this trend, supporting companies such as Eaze that make it easy for folks that are unable to make it to a dispensary to access cannabis in any form, almost any time. A lesser known result of the midterm elections actually had to do with these services, “voters in Malibu, California, approved a measure that allows cannabis delivery services and impose a new tax on gross receipts for non-medical marijuana sales”. It’s projected that other states will allow delivery services in their states, too, but it’s uncertain how soon that will be. In Colorado, efforts to legalize delivery services were heavily shot down in April. Reason being, it would create far too many issues for law enforcement.
The benefit to marijuana delivery services is especially relevant to medical users, who may be physically unable to make it to a dispensary. On the recreational side, it can create tons of jobs similar to Uber and Lyft, and simply make it easier to access cannabis without leaving the comfort of your home.