Learn how to distinguish legit online weed stores from illegal ones
People prefer to buy cannabis online for several legitimate reasons, including discretion, transportation, and convenience.
Walking into a dispensary can be intimidating for the novice. And not all cannabis stores are located within a reasonable distance for even the most devoted cannabis consumers.
The option to buy pot online is particularly essential for medical marijuana patients who may not be able to drive out to a dispensary (either because of their condition or a lack of nearby options).
Plus, most people are busy — ordering your weed online while getting other things done is a considerable time and energy-saver.
But is it legal to buy weed online?
Yes – and no. Keep reading to learn how to distinguish legit online weed stores from illegal ones.
Is weed delivery legal?
If you live in a state that’s legalized cannabis for medical or adult use, you may be able to buy weed online legally.
Not all weed-legal states allow people to buy cannabis online or dispensaries to deliver cannabis products to their customers.
The following states authorize cannabis delivery in some form:
- New Mexico
- New York
- Rhode Island
- Washington, D.C.
But even if you live in one of the states above, you’ll still need to check your local jurisdiction’s ordinances to confirm that weed delivery is legal in your city.
For example, California’s recreational cannabis laws allow statewide weed delivery. However, over 20 local municipalities challenged that law by banning delivery within their jurisdiction.
Recently, a Superior Court of California ruling upheld the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s regulation permitting retail delivery throughout the state in any city despite local ordinances.
Unfortunately, confusion and resistance persist. Many California cannabis consumers will have to find a way to the nearest licensed cannabis retail store or dispensary to access legal weed.
That said, stay educated on your state and local weed laws before buying cannabis online.
Buying weed in Canada? No problem!
Unlike the United States, Canada is ahead of the curve when it comes to the ability to purchase cannabis online. It hasn’t been a perfect rollout (i.e. Canada still struggles with a black market), but many provinces are allowing for licensed online weed retailers.
If you’re trying to buy weed in Canada I recommend checking out our resource for Canada weed laws, as the laws vary between each province.
Published: June 14, 2021
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News