[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]A[/dropcap] drone company announced plans last month to start a cannabis delivery service in the Seattle, Washington area—using the latest technology available. Cannabis companies have been exploring drone delivery since at least 2015.
According to KIRO Radio, GRN Holding Corp. will be purchasing drones to operate with iPads installed as a payment system that can be used to deliver cannabis. The drones will deliver to dispensaries all over Seattle.
GRN Holding Corp. CEO Justin Costello explained that he’d like the program to be up and running by February or March if possible. “It has been hard for me to keep this project a secret, because it is so cool,” Costello said in a press release. “This is the boldest move yet in the industry we have gotten involved with.”
CannaTrac CEO Tom Gavin claims that drone deliveries will be much more affordable than delivery using vans or other traditional methods. “This hits all the needed elements for a true market disruptor,” said Gavin.
“The idea that the idea that it’s being confined to just business to business sounds pretty good,” said Aaron Mason of KIRO Nights radio. “But I wonder how many young toughs out there are going to bring out the old slingshots and try and shoot down a drone carrying pounds of weed.”
To start with, the deliveries will be to dispensaries rather than customers. However, that may not always be the case, and this is still a major step for drone deliveries in Seattle.
Seattle is making some major strides with cannabis lately. They’ve been working on overturning cannabis convictions, and city officials are in favor of patient access and home cultivation. This new leap forward in cannabis delivery technology will be huge for Seattle, Washington, and any other areas that decide to follow suit.