Meet the Raccoons, your friendly neighborhood marijuana delivery men. At least for now. They’re a rotating group of seven entrepreneurs who will bicycle recreational marijuana to your Capitol Hill home, no medical card required.
The Raccoons are part of a larger cooperative, known as the Winterlife Co-op. CHS had been watching things play out across the Capitol Hill social network. Then the co-op’s founder was featured in a KOMO story Wednesday, prompting the group’s Craigslist ads to now rightfully promote their services “As Seen On TV.”
Germ, as he asked to be referenced in this story, is the dispatcher for the Raccoons, which run Winterlife’s Capitol Hill operation. Three other sub-groups include the Opossums (north Seattle), Lone Wolves (northwest Seattle), and the Otters (south central Seattle). According to Germ, Winterlife started their business immediately after I-502 was passed to make home deliveries primarily to working and disabled people.
“Our customers are law abiding Washington citizens who just want to relax after work,” Germ said. “And I-502 doesn’t help people who can’t leave their homes.”
Some recent examples from the Winterlife menu
Bubba Kush ~ A very sweet, earthy strain that is almost pure Indica. Bubba Kush provides an intense and relaxing high that starts in your head and moves down into your body. It is a cross between the two popular strains Bubble Gum and Kush, and distinct enough to earn it’s own name. Lovely Aroma and a Delicious Finish!!! AAA+++
$220 oz, $120 half, $70 qtr
Green Crack ~ Great Smelling Top Notch Buds!!! Those peop’s who are looking to find a potent strain that will still support and even encourage productivity need look no further than the cannabis sativa “Green Crack”. Envelope yourself in the blissful aroma of this sweet and fruity bud while experiencing complete euphoria and joy. AAA+++
$200 oz, $110 half, $60 qtr
Orange Kush (new) ~ This is much more potent OK than the last midgrade batch! Orange Kush was bred by Green Devil Genetics and is the child of Orange Bud and OG Kush. It has been described as a “strongly indica orange” with a sweet and tangy citrus flavor and has long dense buds with many orange hairs and THC crystals. The THC content is approx 23% Top Notch Indica!!!
$200 oz, $110 half, $60 qtr
Delicious THC Infused Chocolate Bars and Truffles!!!
Milk Chocolate 50mg THC $10
Dark Chocolate 200mg THC $25
Truffles 20 mg THC $5
Marijuana delivery has been around for years in Seattle — forever, some dealers might argue — particularly following the passage of the state’s medical marijuana law. But Winterlife appears to be the only group currently advertising their services for any adult in the city, making getting pot as easy as ordering a home delivered pizza.
Like the medical marijuana industry has done over the past decade, Germ says the group is operating in a legal gray area and pushing the boundaries of how legal marijuana will work in Seattle. The State Liquor Control Board had considered allowing for pot delivery under voter approved marijuana legalization, but decided against it.
Sean Whitcomb, spokesperson for the legal cannabis-friendly Seattle Police Department, said marijuana continues to be the lowest priority for SPD, but noted that it remains illegal to sell recreational marijuana at this time. “No one has a license to grow or sell,” he said.
According to Germ, the group only charges for the delivery service and not the marijuana itself, which is all grown in Seattle.
The Raccoons run their bicycle delivery operation out of an undisclosed office in Capitol Hill. Germ said the co-op runs similar to a taxi service: calls come in, the delivery person at the office with the least number of calls that day gets the order. Cyclists are paid per delivery, with a small amount going back into the co-op.
Cyclists only carry one order at a time and require customers to provide exact change so they don’t have to carry additional cash. In order to remove incentives for stealing, fights over territory, or altercations with customers, Germ said cyclists are paid no matter what happens during the transaction.
“Weed is not worth a physical altercation,” he said. Germ also said the co-op also has strict rules about not selling to minors or shipping marijuana through the mail.
Despite the co-op’s apparent success, the service is still illegal, according to liquor board spokesperson Brian Smith.
“This clearly defies the state law,” Smith said. “I-502 sales are to be done only at retail stores.” Smith added that the licensed infrastructure allows the state to regulate the industry and keep it safe.
Germ says that dispersing marijuana sales creates a safer marketplace, as opposed to having areas of concentrated retail outlets, as some expect will occur under current retail marijuana zoning rules.
“You pack all the stores into one block with people coming pockets full of cash into buildings full of weed,” he said. “A criminal wants a big grab and they could do that all day long at 23rd and Union.”
In addition to providing customers with a much appreciated service, Germ said one of the biggest rewards of the co-op is seeing workers sustaining themselves and their families.
“People are staying in homes, making money, paying bills, eating healthy, calling their parents again because they’re proud to be a part of something,” he said. “I’m taking people who thought they couldn’t be part of the marketplace and showing them they can.”