Take the wheels off marijuana delivery services

WASHINGTON’S landmark effort to legalize and tax marijuana, now three years old, is finally gaining steady footing. Without federal interference, 197 retail marijuana stores are operating statewide, and state regulators are running checks for underage sales. Finally, the unregulated medical-marijuana market is being folded into the licensed, regulated system.

But the goal of crushing the illicit market — the one that readily sells to kids — is still a pipe dream. In fact, the black market is open and thriving in Seattle, in the form of marijuana-delivery services.

The City of Seattle estimates there are about 30 such businesses, with some delivery services keeping 20 drivers on the road. Dial up one of these delivery services and an untaxed ounce of pot can be at your door within an hour.


Delivery services are not legal under any reading of state law. Initiative 502, the 2012 voter-approved measure authorizing the...

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