Northwest Marijuana Guide Spring 2014

How to Get Pot Delivered

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How to Get Pot Delivered
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Northwest Marijuana Guide Spring 2014

Seventeen months ago, voters in Washington State chose to legalize marijuana, the same time as Colorado. But while pot stores opened in Denver on January 1 of this year, Seattle still has zero stores. Why don't we have stores yet? Between the complicated language of Initiative 502 and the persnickety Washington State Liquor Control Board, which is tasked with issuing licenses for legal pot businesses, the retail pot stores we voted for are tangled in red tape and bureaucratic delays—with no end in sight.

It's like our entire state is on stoner time.

So what's a pothead to do? Lots of folks call one of the two aboveboard businesses in Seattle that will deliver pot in about an hour: Club Raccoons and Winterlife Cooperative. And no, you don't have to be a medical marijuana patient, just 21 or older.

When I've ordered, the dispatcher was cordial, the delivery person checked my ID, and for about $80 per quarter ounce, the prices rivaled your typical dealer. The best part is that you don't have to go see a dealer—or go anywhere. The pot comes to you, just like the pizza you order after that pot gives you the munchies.

Club Raccoons delivers in the central city (including downtown, Capitol Hill, and the Central District). "You'd think the customers are hipster kids on the hill, but it's moms, dads—it's everybody," says a co-owner who goes by the code name Germ. At Winterlife, they go by cuddly code names like Bear, Possum, and Otter.

These code names bring us to an important point.

No, these delivery businesses don't appear to comport with the state's legalization law (which requires a retail license, which doesn't yet exist). But after a year in operation, Germ says, "There has been zero shade from police."

"There is a certainly a degree of risk for us, and we are willing to take that risk," says Germ. "But right now, the winds favor us. Until the people with the guns and jails decide that we are worth a fight, we will do what voters wanted people to do, which is provide cannabis to people."

In contrast, customers ordering pot appear to be squarely within the law. "There is no crime defined for purchasing or obtaining marijuana," Alison Holcomb, the primary author of the initiative that legalized marijuana, said earlier this year. State law prohibits growing and selling pot without a license, but having up to an ounce of pot is not prohibited, and how a person obtains that ounce "is irrelevant," Holcomb says. "There is absolutely no penalty for purchase."

On the other hand, Holcomb believes, "The person delivering that marijuana is guilty of a felony."

Liquor control board spokesman Brian Smith says they don't have jurisdiction over people who don't have a license, but local police could take action.

But will they?

"Probably not," Seattle Police Department spokesman Sergeant Sean Whitcomb told The Stranger in January. Pot delivery service is not a priority, he said, particularly because Washington is in a window between passing the legalization law and licensing businesses.

Which is why companies like Club Raccoons and Winterlife Cooperative make sense: They provide a practical stopgap service while the state gets its act together. recommended


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Only the best thing I've read all day.
Posted by necoc on April 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM · Report this
Did it- took a lot longer that I thought it would, but overall happy wit Winterlife Co-ops service. I think your article might have gotten them a LOT busier than they expected0!
Posted by woofy on April 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
There's also The Bud Lady which is easily the best. Free samples and they take credit cards!
Posted by Sheattle on April 19, 2014 at 9:34 AM · Report this
@3 The Bud Lady is not a recreational service, that is only for medical MJ patients so it's really of no use to those of us without fake medical conditions.
Posted by Eckstein on April 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
Y'all have $40 eighths in Seattle! Damn!!
Posted by DannyG on April 19, 2014 at 12:35 PM · Report this
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DannyG - Whatchu payin'? Where you at? Just a curious Seattleite
Posted by Norbeck on April 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM · Report this
Winterlife sucks! There way to slow and backed up. Try they got some dank! And there fast.
Posted by counterculture on April 20, 2014 at 10:19 PM · Report this
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Did business with WinterLife for the first time a couple weeks ago. Not bad. Had to drive a short way to the delivery spot since I'm outside their service area, but no biggie.

But their delivery people, at least the one I dealt with, need better phones. I could barely hear a thing the guy was saying!

Seriously, WinterLife... if you're going to operate a phone-based delivery service, make sure your people have PROPERLY WORKING phones.
Posted by indicalover on April 23, 2014 at 3:02 AM · Report this
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@8 self-promotion without full disclosure is frowned upon - especially, if you're talking badly about your competition and don't know the difference between "there" and "they're".
Posted by madeingermany on April 28, 2014 at 4:08 PM · Report this
When people say that you get good weed in Texas because its by Mexico, they're lying. The article says you guys are paying $80 a quarter, and that's from the government right? I'd assume I'm getting something from Washington or maybe now Colorado, and I'm paying $110 a quarter and $40 for an eighth. I mean, I know I'm getting ripped off, but come on! The dealers here can't even be business-like... its business... we are making a monetary transaction, I'd prefer they had a business card.
Posted by EffiePerine1129 on April 28, 2014 at 7:38 PM · Report this
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Beware, Douglas Hiatt, will try and destroy this too.
Posted by Etidorhpa on May 12, 2014 at 6:29 PM · Report this
Unfortunately there are about five or six providers and none of them are entirely scrupulous. I don't specifically mean winter life. They are subject to market pressures as well. The Medibles are all crap. Anything outside of the dispensary is going to be cut dilute old crappy. The semi commercially produced chocolate bars are the most acceptable if you absolutely cannot smoke. I happen to have a condition cannot inhale burning or heated particles. it's sad that the people who most need it are being victimized by profiteers. These five and $10 brownies contained 5 mg of THC at the most. Those beautiful sticky buds with the crystals on them can be vaporized to take half the THC out which is then used for other things. See you getting pretty pre-smoked buds from some of these guys. They love it because you smoke more And order again so they make more money by giving you half strength buds. The only way to keep weasels out of your life is to buy something called DAMA. Dama is a great measure of the entire market because someone who won't carry it is up to no good. , Comes double sealed with batch numbers and it is impossible to tamper with, it comes with a syringe so you can get an exact measure of THC/CBD. The only option if you don't want to get ripped off request.
Posted by Edible Dismay on June 13, 2014 at 2:03 PM · Report this
yeah I just ate a peanut butter cookie made by winterlife it says it's 75 mg. I had it at 8 PM it's now midnight. this is a guy who has eaten his THC for 30 years. i've got gas chromatography built in. I saved like an eighth of it. this is zero this is a rip off of 10 bucks minus maybe a dollar for really tasty cookie. I mean nothing at all even a tickle. Is there some crooked guy at their offices opening heat seals and substituting cookies?
Posted by no cookie for you on June 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM · Report this
If anyone else is reading this.. after Googling it, let me 2nd #14's suggestion of Dama oil. It looks ridiculously convenient and incredibly safe. I just called Winterlife and asked whether they carry it and nobody in the phone room knew what it was, but they sounded interested.
Posted by Ambar on June 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
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