Business As Usual

When we started Canary it was our first priority to find a business model that would operate fully within the confines of state and city laws and regulations, while serving both medical marijuana patients and recreational users with easier access to and more accurate information about the product. You may have heard the recent news from Mayor Ed Murray’s office that the city will be cracking down on marijuana delivery businesses. Canary operates fully within the confines of state and local law, and this crackdown refers only to the illegal and unlicensed recreational delivery that is being advertised both on Craigslist and on the back-cover of The Stranger, as well as some unlicensed medical delivery from collectives without physical storefronts.

When we began building Canary we investigated recreational delivery closely, and after a lot of research and legal consultation we came to realized that at this point in time recreational delivery under I502 would be illegal in Washington State and that we’d have to wait for reform that would allow us to service recreational users through the Canary app. Despite it being illegal, there are several illicit services that are advertising marijuana delivery to “tourists” and non-patients. This activity has been largely ignored by city and state officials while they focused their efforts on implementing the recreational marijuana industry in Washington State. Now that this interim period is winding down and recreational shops are beginning to open their doors, the city has announced they’ll be cracking down on these illegal delivery services.

We welcome the mayor’s crackdown on non-licensed illegal marijuana delivery services that serve recreational users and medical marijuana delivery services that do not go through the proper verification steps. At the same time, the mayor’s office has proposed medical marijuana regulations to serve the Seattle community and remove ambiguities that exist in the current legislation. According to the mayor’s proposed regulatory framework for medical marijuana, marijuana delivery from a collective without a physical storefront will also become illegal. Because Canary partners are established collective gardens with brick-and-mortar storefronts we’ll be able to continue our delivery service in full compliance with these new regulations. The only downside of the new proposal is that we would be unable to deliver from any “mobile dispensary” partners, which would cease to exist legally. In addition, a valid medical marijuana authorization verified by Canary and our partner dispensaries is a pre-requisite to ordering, and nobody with an expired or invalid authorization will be able to receive product.

Canary is, always has, and always will strive to operate within the regulatory confines of the law, and we’re excited to be serving the Seattle patient community through our private beta. We want to re-iterate that we’ve taken a lot of time and have been treading carefully in finding a model that works with our current medical marijuana regulations. It’s our duty and priority to protect our customers, couriers, and dispensary partners.

The good news is that the mayor’s crackdown on illegally delivery services should boost the popularity of legal ones like Canary, and as illegal delivery services shut-down we’ll begin to see new customers converting to Canary. If you’d like to join our private beta you can sign up with your phone number here.

We understand if you have questions and concerns arising from this news, so please do not hesitate to contact us at and, as always, keep up with our updates on Facebook and Twitter!


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