EASTHAM — The select board voted 4 to 0 at their July 12 meeting to pursue a host community agreement with KushKart LLC, a recreational marijuana home-delivery start-up that has partnered with Salty Farmers in Eastham. Board member Al Cestaro was absent from the meeting.
“It’s basically giving people the opportunity to bring recreational use to their front door,” KushKart co-founder Taylor Weaver told the board. “With cannabis there’s still somewhat of a stigma. We would like to alleviate that by making available a discreet process where you can essentially order cannabis from your phone and it’s delivered to your doorstep — hopefully within an hour.”
Weaver said in a July 19 phone call that he expected KushKart to receive its final license from the state Cannabis Control Commission in August or September.
KushKart would be located at the Salty Farmers building at 120 Holmes Road in North Eastham and would not be open to the public. The delivery service would sell products from Salty Farmers and other Massachusetts cannabis wholesalers. Weaver told the board the company’s goal is to work with other dispensaries on Cape Cod.
“This will cut down on traffic,” said Weaver, noting that he hoped to have one to three vehicles making deliveries.
“Are you worried at all about security?” asked board member Art Autorino. “I mean, this isn’t a Brinks truck, right?”
Salty Farmers co-owner Harlen Howard replied that the vehicles are required to have GPS tracking, two forms of communication, and mounted lock boxes. Two people are required to be in the vehicle, with one person remaining in the car during deliveries.
“In the state of Massachusetts, the delivery is every bit as regulated as every other piece of the marijuana business,” said Town Administrator Jacqui Beebe.
“What do you have to do at the delivery point to verify that the person you’re giving it to is the person that ordered it, and it’s legal for them to have it?” asked Autorino.
Weaver replied that the regulations were similar to those for alcohol delivery, where recipients must present government issued identification. “We’re going to rely mostly on government regulation, but also a little bit on common sense,” said Weaver, “looking at the I.D. to make sure they look like the person.”
Weaver is a private equity, mergers, and acquisitions lawyer with the firm Paul Hastings LLP. He attended Southern Methodist University, where he played football, and has a degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Board member Jamie Demetri noted the many industries now providing delivery, calling it the “standard that’s out there right now.”
“How many things have people gotten delivered to their homes over the last year and a half?” asked Demetri. “I think it makes a lot of sense. I’m excited to think that Eastham could potentially spearhead something like this.”
Beebe said this week that the draft of a host community agreement was expected to be ready in August for the select board’s review.
Editor’s note: Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article erroneously reported the name of the law firm that Taylor Weaver currently works for. He formerly was with Latham & Watkins but is now with the New York office of Paul Hastings.