This past fall, Maine voters approved of legalized recreational cannabis-but a legal cannabis market isn’t expected to emerge until February of 2018. So in the meantime, individuals who sell or buy the plant have to get a little inventive with what the law currently allows. The possession, growing and consumption of cannabis is now legal throughout the state, and Logan Martyn-Fisher is bringing it to customers from the comfort of his SUV. So what’s so clever about this, exactly?
Well, selling cannabis is not legal in Maine. So Martyn-Fisher doesn’t sell it. He’s giving the weed away for free, but charging hefty delivery fees.
Martyn-Fisher’s girlfriend runs the online ordering via the Elevate 207 page on Facebook, where she connects her boyfriend with customers-most of who need reassurance that what they are doing is legal. After all, cannabis is still a federally prohibited substance, and getting it delivered to your door sounds too good to be true.
Their business started with an initial Craiglist post that didn’t really get much attention initially. However, several news outlets and social media picked up on the offering of the cannabis delivery service to the residents of Portland. Since then, the business is up to about four deliveries, every day. The minimum delivery fee charged is $75, and for that cost Martyn-Fisher will bring cannabis flowers, infused candies and other ganja goodies to your door. But how can he possess enough cannabis to furnish the needs of Portlanders? After all, the legal limit on personal possession in Maine is two and a half ounces. That’s certainly not enough to successfully sell weed for a living.
But Martyn-Fisher is a licensed caregiver. This enables him to grow and possess much larger amounts than non-caregivers can without being in violation of the law.
It seems that Maine does not place cannabis prohibition high up on the priority list for the state, according to Martyn-Fisher. “They don’t seem to care, and that’s a feeling I’ve had for a while,” he said. “Maine has some pretty relaxed views about marijuana. They’ve got more serious things to deal with.” He is speaking of the opioid epidemic that is taking lives in great swaths of the nation. Last year, 367 Maine residents died of drug overdoses. Since the state has only 1.3 million people in total, these deaths hit their communities incredibly hard.
For Martyn-Fisher and others with like minds, it makes no sense that opioid medications-which are notorious for their addictiveness and potentially fatal effects-are completely legal and prescribed without scrutiny and yet cannabis is still regarded by some as a dangerous substance that shouldn’t be legal.
The Portland police have been asked for comment, but have not obliged.
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