How to Buy Weed Online Legally
Friday August 7, 2020
W e live in a world where we can get almost anything a heart desires by simply ordering it online and having it delivered straight to our doors. Not so much for the legal cannabis industry, who – through no fault of their own – have had to engage in some workarounds to make purchasing a simpler and more convenient process for consumers.
For example, in legal states, many dispensaries will allow consumers to place orders online, then have it delivered by a third-party service like Eaze or Nugg. How consumers order and pick up cannabis is evolving every day, especially given the new reality of Covid-19. For the time being at least, dispensaries are being granted a little more latitude to keep consumers and workers safe by allowing people to order online or over the phone and pick up curbside. In the midst of such expansion, illegal delivery options (often with dangerous consequences) have expanded as well. How can you find legitimate delivery options? Read on as we explore buying weed online in the changing landscape.
Illegal Online Delivery Is on the Rise
Despite the fact that cannabis is legal for adults to consume in 11 states and Washington D.C., federal prohibition has kept canna-businesses from shipping weed through services like FedEx and UPS. Many people falsely believe that oversight is only enforced through the official United States Postal Service.
Be aware regardless of which service is used, it remains 100% illegal to ship cannabis in the mail.
Nonetheless, consumers continue to seek out and purchase cannabis online. In fact, a 2018 study from the American Journal of Preventative Medicine delved into consumers and their online hunt for pot. Using Google, they looked at searches from 2005-2017 containing keywords like “marijuana” and “weed” combined with “buy,” and “order.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, researchers learned that during the 12 years covered by the study, web searches to purchase weed online grew by 199%. They also found that of those combined keywords, 41% of the Google search links led to online retailers.
Issues with Illegal Weed Delivery
In the spirit of research, I did some Google searching of my own to see how easily I could order marijuana online (I do not have access to legal cannabis). The good news is, there are many sites and helpful pop-up chat agents named Tommy Chong ready and willing to answer my questions and help me select my cannabis goods. The bad news? I have no idea who runs these sites, where the cannabis is from, or if I will even get what I order.
Even if some these sites actually shipped cannabis to a non-legal state like mine (which would be illegal and subject to heavy fines and/or incarceration), there are a lot of scammers in the illicit drug market who would be more than happy to take my money and not actually send anything, leaving me with an empty wallet and no weed. For every friend-of-a-friend who claims that it works, the web is full of a dozen more scam stories.
The Right Way to Make Online Cannabis Purchases
Thankfully, there are ways to protect yourself from getting ripped off – and buying from an anonymous website that will ship questionable products worldwide isn’t one of them. If you live in a legal state and want to order weed online, check your local dispensaries first.
Numerous dispensaries on PotGuide allow you to order online right from their profile. Another great option is to use PotGuide’s delivery directory so you can make sure that the business is the real deal and legally compliant (we take great care vet all the businesses that list on PotGuide). However you find a delivery option, you should always try your best to verify that a business is legally compliant.
Warning Signs and of an Illegal Online Delivery Service
There are some giveaways that will clue you in as to whether a company selling weed online is legit. For example, beware of amateur-looking websites. A quality and legitimate website should have a professional appearance and should be free of rookie mistakes like typos or incongruent language. A licensed service should have a listed (and verifiable) license number. Cost is another factor. Does it seem like it costs a lot more than legal products, or even much less? Will they ship anywhere, even to non-legal states?
The golden rule in these circumstances always comes down to, “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
The larger issue about buying weed online is related to your health and well-being. In 2019, vape carts from the illicit market killed 42 people and sickened more than 2,100. With Covid-19 quite literally in the air, knowing where your weed comes from and how you get it is more important than ever.
And last but not least, buying weed online from legal businesses, and not from some stranger you “met” on Facebook or Instagram, protects you from getting tangled up with law enforcement. Be safe out there. As always, consume – and buy – thoughtfully.
What’s your opinion on the rise in illegal delivery services? Let us know in the comments.
How consumers order and pick up cannabis is evolving every day. In the midst of such expansion, illegal delivery options have expanded as well. How can you find legitimate delivery options? Read on as we explore buying weed online in the changing landscape.
How to Legally Buy Weed Online
With more cannabis available for purchase than ever before, it leaves many people wondering how to get their hands on the latest and greatest marijuana products. But what if marijuana isn’t legal in your state? How do you get access to legal cannabis? Whether you live in a state that has or has not legalized cannabis, finding and purchasing legal, hassle-free weed can sometimes be a confusing process.
Can I Buy Weed Online?
If you live in a state where marijuana is currently illegal, the short answer is no. The federal government still considers cannabis a Schedule I drug, grouped right beside cocaine and heroin. Shipping cannabis across state lines is always illegal at least until it becomes federally legal. While there are websites that will ship marijuana to you no matter how old you are or where you are located – remember that shipping across state lines is considered drug trafficking.
If you live in a state where marijuana is legal, then the answer is maybe. As of 2020, there are 11 states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. If you live in one of those states, and delivery services are also legal in your city, then there is a good chance that you can purchase marijuana legally online.
However, even if you live in a non-legal state, not all cannabinoids are illegal – such as CBD. Hemp derived CBD products, anything with .03% THC or less, are federally legal and can be shipped to many states across the country. There are tons of CBD websites out there, so make sure you do your research before making a purchase!
Are Weed Delivery Services Legal?
While shipping cannabis across state lines may be illegal, many legal weed delivery services exist within the borders of certain states. In states where delivery services are legally allowed to operate, consumers can have products delivered straight to their door. While delivery services are not available in all 50 states – yet – it is an option for a few of our proud states!
In Arizona, California and New York deliveries are allowed for individuals with a state approved medical cannabis card. Recreational cannabis deliveries are also available for California residents over the age of 21. However, in New York, only certain products are available for delivery. In Colorado, a bill recently passed which will allow the delivery of recreational and medical marijuana starting in 2020. Legitimate delivery services are a new up and coming trend that consumers should be on the lookout for.
Order Ahead from Your Local Dispensary
While you may not be able to get your green delivered straight to your doorstep – many dispensaries offer a pre-order service. Different online services allow you to view and browse the store’s current inventory and place your order online for pickup. So on your next visit to any dispensary, skip the lines and place an order ahead of time.
How to Spot A Cannabis Scam
If you are one of the millions who frequent cannabis Instagram pages, you have undoubtedly seen some of the marijuana scammers advertising in the comment sections on popular pages. An account will advertise pictures of weed and then offer to ship anywhere in the world for a very affordable price. It can be deceiving because the account will even list a phone number that you can call and order through. However, these numbers are only temporary and created through a burner app. This means that as soon as they have made a transaction, they can trash the number. The account holder will then use this burner number to broker a deal with their latest victim. Once the victim has deposited money into the dealer’s accounts, they stop communication and are never heard from again. The buyer is left with no product and hole in their wallet.
While it may be tempting to order cannabis online, we strongly recommend you order only from reputable, legal services.
Tips for Ordering Marijuana Online
- Don’t buy cannabis from unverified accounts on social media. In fact, stay away from making weed purchases on social media, period.
- Don’t mail or receive cannabis across state lines.
- DO pre-order online from your favorite dispensary! Skip the lines, walk in and walk out!
- DO be on the lookout for verified legal marijuana delivery services – especially if you live in Colorado!
- DO check out Where’s Weed for the latest deals in your area and the most recent news!
Have you ever ordered marijuana online, or have you been thinking about it? Have you or someone you know fallen victim to an online marijuana scam? How about pre-ordering from your local dispensary? Tell us about your experiences! Share with us in the comments below!
With more cannabis available for purchase than ever before, it leaves many people wondering how to get their hands on the latest and greatest marijuana products. But what if marijuana isn’t legal in your state? How do you get access to legal cannabis? Whether you live in a state that has or has not legalized cannabis, finding and purchasing legal,