Some pot shops not getting mail delivered to stores
Jun 6, 2016
Operators of two recreational marijuana stores on Callow Avenue — Pacific Cannabis Co. and The Reef — say they’ve had trouble getting mail delivered to their shops in the past month, since a new U.S. Postal Service worker took over the route. They say the carrier frequently refuses to enter their stores and won’t drop off mail unless an employee comes outside to collect it. They noted the same carrier routinely walks inside surrounding businesses to deliver and pick up mail.
Pacific Cannabis owner Kathy Hartwell provided security footage to the Kitsap Sun that shows the carrier handing a package to a bewildered customer on the sidewalk in front of the store instead of carrying it inside. Hartwell said mail addressed to Pacific Cannabis is often left at the arcade next door, which she also owns. The erratic deliveries have caused Hartwell to miss packages that require the recipient’s signature.
While legal for adults in Washington, recreational marijuana remains federally illegal. The disconnect between state and federal law has created some conflicts between legalized marijuana businesses and federal agencies. However, Swanson confirmed the Postal Service’s policy is to deliver mail to recreational marijuana businesses in the same way it would for any other customer.