For as long as there have been people smoking weed, there have been people wanting someone to deliver something to them. Whether it is because they are physically unable to leave their couch due to the mind-numbing effects of their indica, or just because they feel too mellow and introspective to be able to put on pants, the average weed smoker will always be desperate for some kind of delivery service.
This is normally limited to things like pizza but, thanks to recent changes in legislation that have normalized the recreational use of marijuana, it is now actually possible to get weed delivered to your front door.
What might have been considered absolutely insane in years past is now something that is entirely possible, and indeed happens every day.
Perhaps you think this is such a good idea that you want to try and start one yourself? But how are you supposed to go about actually setting up a weed delivery service?
How on earth are you supposed to get started?
What is a Weed Delivery Service, and Who Would Use It?
To a non-smoker, the first question might be why on earth someone wants to have weed delivered at all – after all, in legal states, it is as simple as heading down to your local dispensary and buying whatever the legal limit is.
Is a weed delivery service just for lazy people?
Weed delivery services are actually incredibly useful for all kinds of people; however, they are massively helpful to lazy people as well.
For starters, what about the elderly? Marijuana isn’t just used to get high; it is also used as a palliative care choice for those with long-term, chronic illnesses, many of whom are among the elderly. For some would-be users of marijuana, they might not be physically able to get out of their house every time they need more weed, so they need someone to bring it to them.
In that same vein, there are plenty of younger people who are not as physically fit as the average person, making it very difficult to be able to go out and get weed whenever you need it. What about those in wheelchairs? Those with reduced mobility, or blindness?
However, while it is absolutely true that a weed delivery service will be able to do a great deal of good by providing people with a helpful and useful way to get the weed that they need, it is also true that plenty of people who can’t be bothered to go outside will use it, too.
By running a delivery business, you get to make money, plus help people get high; what could be better?
However, setting up a weed delivery service is a bit more complicated than setting up a regular business, as it requires a multitude of different steps and legal minutiae that many people won’t be 100% aware of.
So, what are the first steps for setting up your own weed delivery service?
Step #1: Setting Up Your Business
The very first thing you need to do when setting up your weed delivery service is to ensure that you have your business paperwork set up.
You might think to yourself that, since a weed delivery service is to do with weed, the government doesn’t care what you do and how you do it, right?
Whenever you think like that, just remember that the infamous gangster Al Capone was not brought down for any of his heinous crimes and murders, but for tax evasion. If you try and defraud the US government, you will never hear the end of it.
The first thing to do is apply for a business license, which in this case needs to be a Retailer Non-Storefront Business. This applies to businesses like courier services or things that are sold online, as you won’t have a physical location as your base.
You need to go through the legal channels regarding applying for a business license to do with marijuana, but this part is entirely unique to your local state’s laws and regulations. Some states will only require a single, regular business license, whereas others will require special interviews and even sometimes a clearance check to make sure you are eligible to transport marijuana.
Whatever your local ordinances, make sure you comply with them to the letter, as well as setting up your business for tax purposes. You not only want to make sure that you are paying everything you need to be to the government, but you also need to make sure you aren’t paying things you don’t have to.
If you are running a weed delivery service, then you are able to deduct a large number of your purchases for the business for tax purposes; your vehicle, its upkeep, any taxes you pay on buying products – all of these are tax deductible if they apply to your business.
Once that it is all set up, you will find yourself the proud owner of a weed delivery service business, so congratulations!
Unfortunately, you will be the CEO of a weed delivery service with no weed to speak of, so the next step is getting your product.
Step #2: Sourcing & Stocking Your Inventory
You can’t very well be a weed delivery service if you don’t have any weed to sell, so the next thing you need to do is begin sourcing your product.
Many weed dispensaries actually have their own delivery service, so you might find it difficult trying to contact a dispensary and handle their deliveries. Though you might get lucky in your area, most of the time you will find that they have no need of you.
The best thing to do is to be a sort of online dispensary, providing weed to those that buy it from your own website, or through various apps on the marketplace that make it easy to find weed sellers.
To get weed stock, you can either buy it directly from dispensaries or speak to the manufacturers / growers and see about trying to get bulk, wholesale discount.
This is a lot easier when you already have an established business of course, but with the right email and demeanor, you might be able to convince them to let you buy their weed at a bulk price.
The other thing you need to consider is how you are going to store your weed. Weed is a bit different from many other types of product, as it needs to be stored in a very particular way.
Rather like cigars, weed is very sensitive to both heat and light, so you need to make sure you can keep your weed stored in a temperature-controlled and light-protected room, without risking it becoming exposed and damaged.
Additionally, how are you going to get the weed to your customers? You can’t just put it in a bag and carry it over to them; you need to make sure that it stays as protected and fresh as possible before it goes stale.
Speaking of getting your weed to your customers, how exactly are you going to do that?
Step #3: Transport & Being Careful
As a weed delivery service, you need to consider how exactly you are going to deliver your products. Do you have a car? Maybe a bicycle? Is it fast enough to get your product to your customers in enough time, or are you going to become known as slow and unreliable?
Whatever your method of delivery, you need to remember that, if you are using your vehicle as your method of transport, then you are effectively using it as a business vehicle, making it necessary to have business insurance on it.
This is to cover you if you get into an accident, but also to just generally protect your business interests.
With regard to being careful, you need to make sure that you are always complying with the local laws regarding marijuana transportation. Many states have laws that limit the amount of marijuana that can be carried at one time, with exceptions being only provided to businesses if they have all of their relevant documentation on hand.
Make sure that you bring your business license and all official documents on hand when delivering your products, no matter what. You do not want to be stopped by the police and thrown in jail for illegal marijuana possession, as it is still possible despite local state laws.
Final Thoughts on Starting Your Own Weed Delivery Service
The idea of starting your own weed delivery service might seem insane to some, both because of the inherent risk involved and because it looks like a very strange, almost ridiculous thing to exist, but there are literally scores of different business operating across the country already.
As long as you feel confident that you can provide high quality, safe weed to your local area, why shouldn’t you try and start up your own weed delivery service?
Just make sure you follow all of this advice and don’t run afoul of the law. Perhaps even more importantly, make sure you respect your product and your customers; only provide the very best quality you can, in the fastest possible speed and efficiency you can.