Tinder, Weed, and Hacking

Dear Brian,
Do you think online marijuana retailers that ship between states will be a legal business one day?

I absolutely think it should be, but I’m doubtful whether or not it will (on the consumer market anyway). Look at alcohol shipping for an example. Laws for alcohol vary greatly by municipality, and, as such, shipping alcohol is a touchy situation. Lifehacker did a good piece on this a while back. How to Tackle the Toughest Shipping Restrictions

Even after federal decriminalization (which is seen by many as inevitable), it’ll be unlikely that you can ship to consumers. If you are allowed to, expect to face push-back from anti-marijuana activists, paperwork from regulators, and huge legal ramifications if you’re caught shipping to someone you shouldn’t be.

There’s little doubt as to the medicinal benefits of cannabis, but there’s also medicinal benefits in red wine and whiskey, and there are still restrictions, so the medical argument is moot.

That being said, it’s done on a regular basis, and the US Post Office is one of the most widely used services to do it.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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