Seattle is moving to heighten enforcement of the state’s recreational marijuana law by targeting illegal delivery services, according to KING News.
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis board has estimated that black market marijuana accounts for about 28% of overall cannabis sales in the state, and much of that is tied to delivery services.
Many delivery services openly advertise in local press outlets. Licensed marijuana stores say that black market sales must be stopped if legalization will be successful, according to KING.
“I’m not free to say all of the enforcement steps that are being engineered now. But Seattle is going to crack down,” said Pete Holmes, the city’s attorney.
What Holmes did say is that city officials will ask the state legislature to approve a pilot program for legal delivery services through licensed marijuana outlets. He also highlighted the benefits of delivery for both the mobility-impaired as well as for public road safety.
Legal marijuana prices in Washington State have plummeted from about $25 per gram when legalization launched in 2014 to a little over $10 per gram today.
At the moment, Washington has 577 producer/processors and 228 retailers that have been licensed by the state.