Cannabis Delivery Service Compliance Concerns
Marijuana delivery services are an emerging subset of the cannabis industry that is rapidly gaining popularity. One of the biggest complications with marijuana delivery services is meeting all cannabis business compliance standards.
A crucial component of successful marijuana delivery service compliance is having strict operational protocol in place. Missing a step in your process could have customer service implications, but more importantly, it could impact the standing of your business. Create cannabis SOPs that you can adhere to and provide the necessary steps to help you remain compliant.
Cannabis Delivery License
Each state has its own protocol for cannabis business compliance, including delivery services. It is important that your business obtains the proper licensing prior to commencing delivery activities. Some states, like Washington, also require marijuana delivery providers to obtain a retailer’s license.
Advertising Cannabis Delivery
Some states have set guidelines on how marijuana can be advertised. This can include imaging as well as content and location. Advertising can be expensive. Don’t waste time and money on an advertising campaign that you will not be able to execute in your specific state.
Where Can Cannabis be Delivered?
Even some states that allow delivery of both medical and recreational marijuna do not allow delivery across the entire state. Others allow only delivery of medical cannabis. There is no option for delivery across state-lines. Failing to adhere to all delivery regulations could result in legal ramifications, penalties, revocation of your license, or dissolution of your business.
Cannabis Delivery Service Compliance by State
The regulations surrounding delivery and marijuana business compliance vary by state. Here is a list of the delivery status of each state as of September 2021.
- Alabama: The state recently approved legalizing medical marijuana. There are no delivery service regulations in place yet.
- Alaska: Medical and recreational marijuana is legal, but delivery is not allowed.
- Arizona: Medical marijuana delivery is permitted. Recreational delivery regulations still have to be created.
- Arkansas: Arkansas is a medical-only state and marijuana delivery is not allowed.
- California: Both medical and recreational marijuana delivery have been allowed for over a decade.
- Colorado: Despite being a leader in the industry, medical and recreational marijuna delivery is only allowed in specific municipalities.
- Connecticut: The Department of Consumer Protection regulates cannabis and has not created a system for permissible marijuana delivery.
- Delaware: Medical marijuana is legal but delivery is not.
- Florida: Recreational marijuana is illegal in Florida, but medical marijuana delivery is allowed for registered patients.
- Georgia: Possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in Georgia, but marijuana is still illegal to sell in the state.
- Hawaii: The Aloha State has a medical marijuana program, but delivery is not allowed.
- Idaho: Possession or sale of marijuana in Idaho is illegal.
- Illinois: No marijuana delivery is permitted in Illinois.
- Indiana: It is a criminal offense to possess or sell marijuana in Indiana.
- Iowa: Medical marijuana is legal, but there are no delivery programs.
- Kansas: Even possession of a small amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Kansas.
- Kentucky: Recent legislation passed to legalize medical marijuana, but it was not enacted due to the budget. Delivery is not permissible.
- Louisiana: Recreational cannabis is not legal and medical cannot be delivered.
- Maine: Maine permits medical cannabis delivery, but does not allow recreational delivery.
- Maryland: Medical marijuana can be purchased and delivered.
- Massachusetts: Recreational and medical are legal but only medical marijuana may be delivered.
- Michigan: Both medical and recreational marijuana may be delivered in Michigan.
- Minnesota: Dispensaries may not deliver directly to medical marijuana patients, but registered caregivers can purchase and deliver the products.
- Mississippi: Marijuana of all types is illegal in Mississippi.
- Missouri: Medical marijuana dispensaries are open, but the COVID19 pandemic has delayed delivery implementation.
- Montana: Medical marijuana dispensaries have been approved but not implemented, therefore the state does not allow deliveries.
- Nebraska: Possession and sale of marijuana is illegal in Nebraska.
- Nevada: Medical marijuana delivery is permissible, and recreational delivery has been made temporarily available due to the pandemic.
- New Hampshire: Delivery is not permissible despite the fact that medical marijuana is legal.
- New Jersey: Both medical and recreational marijuana are legal, but delivery rules have only been established for medical marijuana.
- New Mexico: Medical and recreational cannabis delivery have both been approved through the state, but recreational delivery permits have yet to be issued.
- New York: New York allows medical marijuana delivery. Recreational delivery will also be allowed, however licenses have not yet been issued.
- North Carolina: Medical marijuana is illegal in North Carolina with the exception of specific Native American reservations. Delivery is not permitted.
- North Dakota: Medical marijuana may be delivered in North Dakota.
- Ohio: Ohio has legalized some forms of medical marijuana, but delivery is not available.
- Oklahoma: Medical marijuana patients can purchase cannabis, but it cannot be delivered.
- Oregon: Medical marijuana delivery is available state-wide, but municipalities must individually opt-in for recreational cannabis delivery.
- Pennsylvania: Medical marijuana can be delivered by caregivers to patients in response to the COVID19 pandemic.
- Rhode Island: Medical marijuana delivery is not permitted in Rhode Island.
- South Carolina: Marijuana is illegal in South Carolina. CBD may be prescribed, but delivery is not permitted.
- South Dakota: Both medical and recreational laws have been passed, but dispensary licenses have not been issued, so marijuana cannot currently be sold in South Dakota.
- Tennessee: Marijuana is not legal in Tennessee, but approved patients may use CBD and low-THC cannabis products. Delivery is not permitted.
- Texas: Texas only allows low-THC products to be offered for a strict set of serious ailments. Delivery is not permitted.
- Utah: Medical marijuana delivery services are permitted in Utah.
- Vermont: Medical and recreational use are permitted but marijuana delivery is not.
- Virginia: Medical marijuana dispensaries exist in Virginia, but delivery is not allowed.
- Washington: Washington was the second state to legalize recreational cannabis, but no marijuana delivery is permitted in the state.
- West Virginia: Medical marijuana is available but may only be delivered by a caregiver.
- Wisconsin: Marijuana is illegal to possess or sell. Miwalkee has moved to reduce possession fines. Delivery is not available.
- Wyoming: Possession and sale of marijuana are illegal in Wyoming.
Want to Make Cannabis Compliance Easier?
Simplifya assists licensed cannabis operators across the United States with varying regulations and needs. We have developed industry-specific tools to help you ensure that you understand compliance requirements to maintain your cannabis business license and stay compliant in all areas of operation.