Outsmart Regulatory Barriers with Entrepreneurial Engagement

Less than a year ago, Canary, a mobile marketplace startup, was referred to as the “Uber for marijuana.” The company was founded to cater to medical marijuana patients who were not always in close proximity to a dispensary, or who had trouble getting around due to illness. Canary was also valuable to dispensaries, which benefitted from reaching more customers.

The startup was receiving press and building steam. MJINews spoke with Josiah Tullis, Canary’s co-founder, in February 2015 about the true value proposition the company brought to both dispensaries and patients alike, and although the company’s outlook was bright, even then there were regulatory concerns.

Fast-forward to April 2015, and Canary was closing its doors for good with the signing of Washington’s Senate Bill 5052, a bill that combines medical and recreational marijuana into one system. But behind the scenes, the company was already in a state of...

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