Washington State has legalized recreational marijuana for those over the age of 21. Residents can obtain marijuana, legally, at their local dispensary without facing prosecution or charges for possession or purchase. However, some prefer to have their drug of choice delivered to them, which circumvents the protocols the state has put into place requiring that consumers present proper identification to verify their age. How can they do this? Some Washington residents have taken to one particularly clever method of gaming the dispensary. A recent trend that has popped up in Seattle is hiring delivery services to purchase marijuana from a dispensary and bring it to the client. Police caught wind of this trend, and began a sting operation to put it to an end.
Seattle Police Department set up a sting, posing as buyers and asking for pot delivered to a motel room. Officers made several arrests over the course of one day. Fortunately for their suspects, the police faced a point of contention with the prosecutor. The prosecutor declined to prosecute, citing that the activity from the sting was “unwarranted” and “disproportionate to the harm caused” and overall “would have little or no impact on the delivery business in Seattle.” The suspects of the marijuana delivery sting would have faced felony charges, had they been prosecuted.